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Four Inland Empire Men Charged With Providing Support to Terrorism

If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison, according to the FBI.

Four men with ties to the Inland Empire have been charged with allegedly plotting to provide material support to terrorists and making arrangements to join Al-Qai'da and the Taliban in Afghanistan in order to kill, among others, American targets, the FBI Field Office in Los Angeles announced Monday evening.

The defendants were identified as:

• Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, a former resident of Pomona and naturalized United States citizen, born in Afghanistan.

• Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario, a lawful permanent resident alien, born in the Philippines.

• Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, of Upland, a lawful permanent resident, born in Mexico and whose application for citizenship is pending in the United States.

• Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside, a United States citizen.

The defendants are also known by alias identities listed in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, according to an FBI statement. A pdf copy of the complaint is attached to this report.

Santana, Deleon and Gojali were apprehended Friday Nov. 16 without incident by Joint Terrorism Task Force personnel and made their initial appearance before a federal magistrate Monday in U.S. District Court in Riverside, according to the FBI. Kabir was already in custody in Afghanistan.

Details of the defendants' plans were released Monday by André Birotte Jr., the United States Attorney in Los Angeles, and Bill Lewis, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office.

According to the complaint, the defendants conspired to provide material support to terrorists in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339A, knowing or intending that such support was to be used in preparation for or in carrying out:

  • conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure persons and damage property in a foreign country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 956;
  • killing and attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1114;
  • killing nationals of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2332(b);
  • conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction outside the  United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2332a(b); and
  • bombing places of public use and government facilities, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2332f.

The complaint was unsealed Monday Nov. 19 during the defendants' initial appearance in U.S. District Court, according to the FBI. The complaint alleges:

In 2010, Kabir allegedly "introduced Deleon and Santana to radical and violent Islamic doctrine and various extremist material, including essays and lectures by now-deceased Al Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula leader, Anwar Al-Awlaqi."

Kabir traveled overseas in December 2011 and to Afghanistan in July 2012, where he continued to communicate with Santana and DeLeon to arrange for their travel to join him in Afghanistan, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges Kabir told Santana and Deleon he had made contacts with individuals who have connections to terrorist organizations.

Kabir further said he would wait for their arrival before departing to a training location in Afghanistan and that, when they arrived, they would meet "the students" - the Taliban - and "the professors" - Al Qa'ida, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges Santana and Deleon told a confidential source working for the FBI that they planned to travel to Afghanistan to engage in "violent jihad."

"In addition, the defendants described potential targets for violent attacks, including overseas American military personnel and bases," according to the FBI.

Evidence in the case demonstrates that the defendants used the word "jihad" to refer to armed combat, according to the complaint.

The defendants discussed the plot among themselves and with the confidential source, according to the complaint. Conversations allegedly detail the defendants' plans to travel overseas to attend terrorist training, as well as to kill American soldiers and others.

"In one discussion with the FBI confidential source, Santana and Deleon discussed their preferred roles in carrying out attacks," an FBI statement said. "For example, Santana stated that he had experience with firearms and that he wanted to become a sniper. Deleon stated he wanted to be on the front lines with a second choice of explosives. Both men also indicated they were willing to kill an enemy."

In September 2012, Deleon and Santana recruited Gojali to join them and to travel overseas to commit violent jihad, the complaint alleges. Santana, Deleon and Gojali allegedly made plans to join Kabir in Afghanistan to attend terrorist training, and they arranged travel logistics, including flight arrangements and required documentation.

The complaint details the defendants' fundraising for travel to Afghanistan, and their discussion of various cover stories and code words they could use to conceal their true intentions when traveling abroad, according to the FBI.

"The complaint further alleges that Santana, Deleon, and Gojali conducted preliminary training in southern California at firearms and paintball facilities to prepare for terrorist training overseas," the FBI statement said.

Santana and Deleon were remanded to federal custody and Gojali's detention hearing was continued to Monday Nov. 26.

If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison, according to the FBI.

The case is a continuing investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Riverside, which includes personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, Riverside Police, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Beaumont Police, Ontario Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI.

The case will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department's National Security Division.

tom November 20, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Let's build a haven for them in Temecula.
popeye November 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Temecula already has a haven for racist. Let both groups live together.
tbone November 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
They already did that damm mosque . Religon of peace ya right . The government needs to just come out and say it the war on terrorism is a war on them crazy musslims .Oh I know I'm racist . These pukes shake your hand with the right . The left holding a knife to stab you in the back .These people dont want peace . They hide behind religon to make war . They are all sodomites . Their language is ugly they are all homos at least most of the men .They are dirty ppl . They have not produced anything to help the world to be a better place except for oil . I know Im racist . Lets kill them all and have a ball and end the f@#%ing crises . Musims ya right another word for cowards . They beat their women make them wear full cover . They are true pigs .But I Know Im racist.
censored messenger November 20, 2012 at 03:08 PM
You aren't really a racist since you don't seem to understand what that word means. You're just an uneducated dullard
Net November 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Allah hu Akbar! BOOM.
SA November 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The USS Cole was attached to my battle group when she was hit by radical Muslims such as these guys in this article. I say just shoot them, and send them to their 70 virgin “guys”…
TVOR November 20, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I hope bubba has his way with them.
censored messenger November 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
These poor ignorant fools were entrapped by an elaborate scheme to validate the hoax that the US must continue the suspension of constitutional law. The Patriot Act gave the FBI the power seduce and betray these peasants in the first place. Its pure entrapment to create a "window dressing" case, another victory on the War on Terror! hooray! Another facet of our clever military dictatorship--clever propaganda stirring the masses to clamor for more "security". against Islamic "evildoers"
tbone November 20, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Censoed I cannot agree more .But the threat of these ppl who want to make us become musslims and push sheria law on the us citizens and make our women dress like mrs habibiallah . Bull as much as I agree with your posting . They need to be putdown . They refuse to inform the pupils of the so called religon of peace that their muhammad was a homosexual . (Coexist ya right) . They are not my freinds they are not my brothers . As far as the government goes . Its the governments who made this excyse to put the communist TSA , The patriot act all in place .
Brenda November 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
We are already letting them build it. With terrorism thrown out the door when negotiating this church, and NOW, there are 4 men caught with serious ties, homes here. Right, this church was not funded by terrorists or outside sources with connections to terrorists. Remember the members raised the 25million to build it by working................cough at the Mini Market and gas stations.
Brenda November 20, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Its ok Tbone, I am too. Against all colors, nationalities, religions who do things like this, or anything ILLEGAL. If we get rid of visa's, residencies until we can control them this will NOT happen. If we get illegals out NOW, this will not happen. Then once they are all OUT of our country then we can sit back and agree upon a visa program that will WORK. An integration into citizenship that will work and not be corrupt. Our programs are far to obsolete. When we do revise it the first thing we need to implement immediate is that anyone here on a visa or any other kind of "deal" reports weekly to some law enforcement agency, or others that can sign off that they are still here and reporting, not out hiding, even the DMV, City Offices, Courts could do the weekly check in. The moment that they do NOT check in on time a warrant goes out for their arrest. Immediately, no questions asked and when they are located or show up, they are sent home. Another thing that would have prevented or helped us track down the 9/11 guys was the schooling they recieved flying planes and paid cash. BIG NO NO now. Any and all schools need to have copies of all their paperwork and submit it to the government for ok, and also they need to pay by some other means then cash, basically under the table. I still cannot believe that not one of those flight trainers did not think something was strange and report these guys immediately. It would have saved alot of people.
Brenda November 20, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Should have made Iraq a huge parking lot on 9/12
5150 November 21, 2012 at 01:10 AM
hang Hang the Bastards
TVOR November 21, 2012 at 03:35 AM
They were planning actions that would have gotten Americans killed. The law enforcement personnel merely discovered their tendencies and called them on it.
all-c-ing-eye January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Ever try and figure why they want 35 or whatever the number is Virgins? why virgins? Well a virgin has no experience and these sand people know nothing about love of any kind and i believe they are intimidated by women that are smart and intelligent so they use physical force or intimidate them by scaring them so they appear manly. These are weak minded cowards and thats all they are. If i were to blow myself up I would want 35 experienced hookers that know their stuff, hey thats they way to go ha ha. Unfortunately this never happens anyway.
Vic January 23, 2013 at 04:24 AM
@ Brenda, Good ideas but our current administration is working hard to make it easier, not harder, for immigrants, specifically illegal immigrants. And asking for a system that isn't corrupt is like asking Shane to say something intelligent...

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