Bloomberg News

San Diego Man Arrested for Porn Is Linked to Bomb Plot

October 19, 2012

A San Diego man who was arrested on child-pornography charges has been linked to the Bangladeshi man who is accused of plotting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve in lower Manhattan.

The New York Times (NYT:US), citing an unidentified law enforcement official, reported yesterday that Howard Willie Carter II was an accomplice of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis. Carter’s computer contained e-mails addressed to Yaqeen, a name Brooklyn prosecutors said Carter used in the bomb plot, the newspaper said.

Nafis, 21, was arrested Oct. 17 in an undercover effort after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000- pound bomb, according to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Located at 33 Liberty Street, the bank is just a few blocks from the site of the former twin towers at the World Trade Center, which were destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Carter, 36 is charged with receipt and possession of images of “minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy in San Diego said yesterday in a statement. He was arrested Oct. 17 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being held pending a detention hearing set for Oct. 23, according to the statement.

FBI Surveillance

An FBI agent “conducting surveillance in the vicinity” of Carter’s apartment on Aug. 16, found a computer and hard drive in a dumpster in the parking garage of the apartment building, according to the request for a search warrant filed in federal court in San Diego.

The hard drive, which was traced back to Carter, contained more than 1,000 images and three video files containing child pornography, according to the search request.

Darrell Foxworth, an FBI spokesman in San Diego, said in an e-mail yesterday that the agency isn’t confirming or denying Carter’s reported link to the New York case.

Representatives of the U.S. attorney’s offices in San Diego and Brooklyn didn’t immediately respond to e-mailed requests yesterday after regular business hours seeking comment on Carter.

The case is U.S. v. Carter, 12-4191, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego.) The Nafis case is U.S. v. Nafis, 1:12-mj-00965, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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