March 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM ET
A man was recently arrested after selling a U.S. military spy plane on eBay. Apparently the Homeland Security Department was not amused by his attempt to make a buck.
Reuters reports that the plane in question is an unmanned light-weight drone which 47-year-old Henson Chua tried to sell for $13,000:
The Raven is a four-pound plane equipped with three cameras that U.S. troops use for battlefield surveillance. It can be taken apart and carried by troops and then reassembled for use.
Unfortunately for Chua, his buyers turned out to be undercover federal agents:
They exchanged messages with Chua over several months, and he sent the Raven to them in separate packages in exchange for the money, officials said.
Once busted, Chua was arrested and charged. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison — assuming that he is convicted of smuggling and violating the Arms Export Control Act.