Three Palm Beach County residents were charged on Friday with conspiring and attempting to support the Islamic State after one of the men allegedly tried to travel to Syria to join the terrorist organization, also known as ISIL.
West Palm Beach resident Gregory Hubbard, 52, was arrested at Miami International Airport on July 21 before boarding a flight to Germany, where he planned to take a train to Turkey and then travel to Syria, according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney’s office.
Two other Palm Beach county residents, Darren Arness Jackson, 50, of West Palm Beach, and Dayne Atani Christian, 31, of Lake Park, had allegedly given Hubbard weapons and taught him to use them, according to the complaint.
Jackson was arrested at the airport on Thursday after dropping Hubbard off for his flight, and Christian was arrested at work.
The FBI infiltrated the ring of alleged ISIL sympathizers through a confidential informant. Hubbard, who went by the name Jibreel, told the informant that he wanted to fight for ISIS, the complaint said. Hubbard introduced the informant to Jackson and Christian, who also said they wanted to join ISIL.
“Individuals seeking to travel and take up arms with ISIL pose a threat to the United States and humanity across the globe,” U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said in a statement. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force continue to work proactively in order to stifle and disrupt any potential danger posed by the terrorist organizations and their supporters.”
The men are currently being held at Miami Federal Detention Center, awaiting a July 27 detention hearing. They will be arraigned on August 5 at the West Palm Beach federal courthouse.
They are not the first Florida residents with alleged ties to the terrorist organization. Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who is believed to have been the first American suicide bomber to join ISIL, had lived in Vero Beach and Fort Pierce before he blew himself up in Syria in 2014.