Investigators seize weapons and surveillance equipment in DC raid

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Between five residences and three vehicles belonging to Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali, officers found multiple weapons on Wednesday, including a loaded Glock 19, dismantled long guns, sniper spotting equipment and ammunition, according to the prosecutor Josh Rothstein, as well as handcuffs, radios, body armor, a surveillance drone and several servers. Officers also found a filing cabinet with a list of all the names of the people who lived in their apartment complex, Rothstein said, many of whom were law enforcement.

Prosecutors revealed information about the search results Thursday during Taherzadeh and Ali’s initial appearance before a federal judge in DC. Neither entered a formal plea.

Both men were arrested on Wednesday.

According to the affidavit, Taherzadeh and Ali obtained assault rifles, handguns, and other items to pose as federal agents and attempted to “indulge members of federal law enforcement.” “.

Taherzadeh reportedly offered freebies to federal agents including free apartments, surveillance systems, a phone and a drone and offered to buy a $2,000 assault rifle from a Secret Service agent assigned to first lady Jill Biden’s protective duty, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit on Monday, four members of the Secret Service had been placed on administrative leave pending investigations.

The Justice Department asked a judge to hold the two men in jail pending trial due to their large amount of weapons, suppression of evidence and their potential to flee the country. Rothstein said Taherzadeh deleted a Facebook page and Ali had multiple Pakistani visas and claimed to be connected to Pakistan’s inter-service intelligence agency.

According to Rothstein, Ali visited Doha, the capital of Qatar, several times in 2019 and had two Iranian visas, one indicating entry into Iran, and three Pakistani visas. Both men are US citizens, Rothstein said.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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