A Metro Transit police officer in Washington, D.C., has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS.
Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, VA, was arrested Wednesday morning at Metropolitan Police Headquarters. Last week, according to an indictment filed in US District Court in Alexandria, VA, law enforcement source convinced Young to send him codes for mobile messaging cards that Young believed would be used by Islamic State fighters overseas to communicate. Young bought nearly $250 in gift cards he intended for the Islamic State to use to purchase mobile apps that would facilitate communication.
Authorities said there was never any credible or specific threat to the Metro system.
According to authorities, Young has been with the Metro police since 2003. He has been monitored by the FBI since September 2010.
H/T Rachel Weiner at The Washington Post
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