Foreign national busted at JFK with uranium hidden in shoes

Foreign national busted at JFK with uranium hidden in shoes

[Ed note: Sounds really uncomfortable]

A foreign national was busted in JFK Airport with uranium stashed in his shoes, allegedly in an attempt to sell 1,000 tons of the nuclear weapons-making material to Iran, federal authorities said.

Patrick Campbell, 33, was arrested Wednesday following a 15-month sting operation when he travelled from Sierra Leone through France en route to Miami.

Communicating with an undercover agent, he said he was working for a mining company in the African country and has access to yellowcake uranium that, when enriched, “can be used in the manufacture of nuclear fuel and can also be used in nuclear weapons,” according to a complaint filed in a Florida federal court.

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The sting started when a customs agent posted an ad at a China-based web site called alibaba.com seeking to buy uranium. Campbell responded and the two stayed in contact through email, phone and Skype, the document said.

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