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Yellow cake uranium found in shoes at NY airport

The Sydney News.Net Sunday 25th August, 2013

A man has been arrested in New York with uranium hidden in a pair of shoes.


The arrest was made at New York City's international airport after the man was found to have the uranium, allegedly destined for Iran, hidden in the soles the shoes.

The US Justice Department has taken charge of the investigation of Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested on Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris.

Campbell has been accused of being an intermediary for a group trying to sell Iran 1,000 tonnes of purified uranium.

A bogus buyer had been in contact with the arrested man from May 2012, when an ad was placed on an online site, where Campbell allegedly called for buyers of uranium 308, otherwise known as yellow cake.

The buyer, actually an undercover US immigration officer, entered into phone conversations in which Campbell allegedly said he had access to uranium, gold, diamonds and chromite from African sources.

Campbell has been based in Sierra Leone for many years.

When he was asked to supply 1,000 tons of uranium, Campbell promised to ship the product, disguised as chromite, from Sierra Leone to the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran.

When Campbell was arrested in New York, he was carrying the yellowcake in the soles of a pair of shoes that had been wrapped in his luggage.

Campbell is facing up to 20 years in prison and a one million dollar fine.

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