Fishers brothers indicted on terrorism, firearms charges

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Indianapolis – Federal charges were brought against two brothers from Fishers, Ind. accused of manufacturing machine guns for ISIS in a case officials called “the first of its kind.”

Moyad Dannon, 21, and Mahde Dannon, 20, were each charged with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources, including firearms, to ISIS, according to Josh Mikler, United States Attorney for the Southern Distirct of Indiana.

The defendants have been in federal custody since their arrest on May 15.

National Security is a top priority for the Department of Justice. The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting individuals who engage in international and domestic terrorism.”

Josh J. Minkler, United States Attorney, Southern District of Indiana

This indictment is the result of a months-long investigation led by the FBI Indianapolis’ Joint Terrorism Task Force with assistance from the Fishers, Indiana, Police Department.

This case is the first of its kind for the Federal Bureau of Investigation where you have individuals allegedly making guns to sell and/or send overseas to ISIS. This indictment paints a vivid picture of the rapid rise of homegrown violent extremism and the lengths people are willing to go to in their support of terrorist activity.”

Grant Mendenhall, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division

According to the indictment, the brothers “hatched a scheme” to deliver firearms, including stolen firearms, to a convicted felon who was cooperating with the FBI. 

Between July 2018 and December 2018, the Dannon brothers sold a number of illegally-obtained firearms to the informant. 

Around the same time period, the Dannon brothers also began to manufacture untraceable “ghost guns” by purchasing unserialized firearms parts online and assembling those parts into fully-functioning, .223 caliber, semi-automatic rifles, which they sold to the FBI undercover agent.

The charges allege the Dannon brothers were fully aware that the plan was to send the automatic rifles overseas to ISIS. 

After building the fully-automatic rifles, the Dannon brothers five weapons to undercover FBI agents posing as employees of the buyer from near the southwest border. Almost immediately thereafter, the Dannon brothers were arrested.

Mahde and Moyad Dannon appeared in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Thursday to be arraigned. The brothers were previously ordered detained, without bond, pending a trial. 

They face a maximum of 10 years imprisonment on each of the firearms charges, and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment on the attempt to provide material support to ISIS charge.

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