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Coast Guard lieutenant pleads not guilty to firearms and drug charges related to terrorist plot
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Coast Guard lieutenant pleads not guilty to firearms and drug charges related to terrorist plot

US Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges of drug and firearms possession related to his alleged terrorist plot.

Hasson was indicted on February 27 by a grand jury after federal agents raided his house and found guns, ammunition, drugs and literature suggesting a potential terrorist plot. Federal Agents found 15 firearms including rifles as well as more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition along with both registered and unregistered silencers. The agents found 30 bottles labeled human growth hormone and Tramadol, a Schedule IV controlled substance. The agents additionally found literature on mass shootings as well as research into acquiring biological weapons and targeting liberal members of Congress and media personalities including Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and CNN’s Chris Cuomo, among others.

Hasson pleaded not guilty to the indictment of four counts:

Count One: Unlawful possession of unregistered firearm silencers 18 U.S. Code § 921(a)(4)
Count Two: Unlawful possession of firearm silencers identified by serial number 18 U.S. Code § 921(a)(4)
Count Three: Possession of Firearms by a user and addict of a controlled substance 21 U.S. Code § 802
Count Four: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Hasson is being detained awaiting trial after Magistrate Judge Charles Day granted the government’s Motion for Detention citing concerns of substance abuse and safety of the community at large.