Man pleads guilty to selling military drone aircraft on eBay

July 29th, 2011 by Staff

Tampa, Florida- It’s a sophisticated, unmanned, remote control military aircraft designed for surveillance and to protect troops. So when top brass at MacDill Air Force base found out one of their drones was up for sale by a civilian on the website eBay, you can only imagine their shock.

Thursday, 47-year-old Henson Chua of the Philippines pleaded guilty in a Tampa Federal Courthouse to violating arms export and smuggling laws. He is accused of shipping the drone in parts to undercover federal agents in the United States.

It’s unclear where Chua first came up with the aircraft, but the Air Force does not believe the plane crashed because it came in its original case complete with a flight manual.

Chua faces a maximum sentence of 20 years but will likely face much less time. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Beau Zimmer

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