Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E) – An American has been detained on firearm possession charges and tweets declaring support for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) when he arrived in the U.S. after staying with his wife in Lebanon.
In a bail hearing in Brooklyn last week, Magistrate Ramon Reyes ordered Donald Ray Morgan, 44, of North Carolina, to be detained without bail as prosecutors warned he poses danger to the community.
FBI agents arrested Morgan at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Aug. 2 after he arrived aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Frankfurt, Germany, according to an affidavit to the case.
U.S. counterterrorism agents learned Morgan’s Twitter rants and pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The tweet was made under his alias, Abu Omar al Amreeki.
Prosecutors also suspect he is working to bring arms and ammunitions to ISIS fighters when he returns to the Middle East or planning to join ISIS, which is terrorizing northern Iraq and executing people, who refuse to convert to Islam.
Morgan had a previous conviction for firing a gun.
Morgan’s public defender, Peter Kirchheimer, said there was no evidence Morgan is a member of ISIS or had provided material support to the terrorist group.