Feds: Calif. man arrested in Blaine sought to join al-Qaida

The Seattle TimesMarch 17, 2014 

A California man has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was arrested at the border crossing in Blaine. According to a federal complaint, Teausant was traveling to Canada with the intent of eventually going to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a foreign terrorist organization more widely known as al-Qaida in Iraq.

According to the complaint, Teausant is a student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, Calif. He is also a reservist with the Army National Guard, the complaint states.

The complaint alleges that since October Teausant has "explored ways of supporting violent extremist activities and providing material support to various terrorist organizations." It also alleges he posted information online indicating a desire to join al-Qaida.

The complaint also says Teausant made his intentions known to an undercover informant working for the FBI during a series of meetings. The informant told the FBI of Teausant’s plans to travel by train and bus from California to Canada, the complaint states.

He traveled by train to Seattle, where he boarded a bus last night for Canada, according to the complaint. The bus was stopped just before midnight last night in Blaine by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Teausant was arrested.

Teausant is expected to make his initial appearance at 2 p.m. Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

If convicted, Teausant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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