Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Filipino man sentenced, fined after Tampa investigation of military drone sold online

TAMPA — A federal judge ordered a Filipino man Tuesday to pay a $13,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release for trying to sell an imported drone aircraft on eBay.

Henson Chua pleaded guilty earlier this year to violating the Arms Export Control Act. He was arrested in California after investigators say he imported a U.S. military low-altitude aerial surveillance device, known as a "Raven." It caught the attention of Tampa-based Homeland Security investigators when he listed it online for $13,000.

In an email exchange with undercover investigators, Chua said he bought the drone at a Philippine government auction. But he never got authorization to bring it into the country.

U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. sentenced him on one count of violating registration and licensing requirements.

Filipino man sentenced, fined after Tampa investigation of military drone sold online 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 8:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Plant City police searching for drive-by shooter


    PLANT CITY — Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in an early morning drive-by shooting outside a home.

    John J. Keeper, 49, was shot in the thigh in a drive-by shooting early Tuesday outside this home at 516 E Laura St. in Plant City. [Hillsborough County Property Appraiser]
  2. FSU-Tulane coming to Amalie Arena in December


    Florida State basketball is coming to Tampa.

  3. Taylor Swift congratulates Russell Westbrook on MVP Award


  4. Strategic Property Partners launches website for Water Street Tampa


    Strategic Property Partners has launched its official website for Water Street Tampa, its 53-acre redevelopment project in downtown Tampa Tuesday.

    Strategic Property Partners on Tuesday announced the name of its new development: Water Street Tampa. [Photos courtesy of SPP]
  5. Is Mikhail Sergachev, who debuts with Lightning at Wednesday camp, ready for the NHL?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — When defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was taken ninth overall by the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL draft, a horde of Montreal media surrounded him for his first news conference.

    Mikhail Sergachev takes a shot during warmups prior to a game between the Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes in October in Montreal. [Getty Images]