A suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group in chilling Twitter rants is being held without bail after his arrest at New York's Kennedy Airport, the New York Daily News reported.
Donald Ray Morgan, 44, who is wanted out of Rowan County on felony firearm charges, was arrested Aug. 2 when he returned to the U.S. after an eight-month stay in Lebanon, the newspaper reported. The Daily News said the bail hearing was held last week.
Morgan, who has a previous conviction for firing a gun, had allegedly been brokering deals for military-grade weapons and ammo in his home state of North Carolina and was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Daily News said.
Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Nadia Moore told Magistrate Ramon Reyes that Morgan, who also goes by Abu Omar al Amreek, could possibly traffic in guns to the Islamic State, which seeks a Muslim state in sections of Iraq and Syria.
Morgan's tweets suggested he may have been preparing for jihad -- possibly even in the United States, law enforcement officials said.
Federal defender Peter Kirchheimer said there was no evidence Morgan is a member of the Islamic State or had provided material support. But the judge ruled the tweets had "clearly implied to me that he is trying to go to Syria or Iraq as the next step and trying to be actively engaged," the Daily News reported.