Nicholas Young, 36, a DC Metro police officer was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to support ISIS efforts overseas.
Young had been known to the FBI since 2009 and had apparently expressed sympathies for Nazism and the Islamic State in the past. He traveled to Libya in 2011 to fight with the rebels against Muammar Gaddafi.
Young was attempting to help people he thought were ISIS operatives find ways to communicate in secret. He allegedly purchased 22 gift cards for mobile messaging apps for ISIS fighters to use overseas. The operatives Young helped, however, were not terrorists, but informants for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Reports claim there was no threat posed to the public in the D.C. area at any time during Young’s actions and that his only interest was aiding ISIS overseas.
Young faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.