FBI agents shows Newburgh jury a missile launcher

Also showed a duffel bag loaded with more than 30 pounds of fake C-4 plastic explosives during the dramatic presentation


By Bruce Golding
The New York Post

NEW YORK — Brandishing a shoulder-fire missile launcher and a duffel bag loaded with fake explosives, an FBI agent yesterday showed jurors some of the weapons four upstate men allegedly hoped to use to blow up two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down military aircraft.

Special Agent Robert Fuller hoisted a deactivated 5-foot-long Stinger missile launcher to his shoulder, clicked off the safety and depressed the trigger during the dramatic demonstration in Manhattan federal court.

Fuller also displayed the contents of a black and tan duffel bag loaded with more than 30 pounds of fake C-4 plastic explosives in its center compartment.

Two other compartments in the bag held a purported cellphone-activated triggering device and a plastic sleeve holding 500 steel ball bearings, he said.

Members of the seven-woman, five-man jury leaned forward in their seats and peered intently during the presentation, which prompted a supporter of the defendants to mutter, "This is bulls- -t."

Bronx community activist Alicia McWilliams-McCollum - an aunt of defendant David Williams - was later warned by a deputy US marshal to be silent.

Williams and three co-defendants - Onta Williams, Laguerre Payen and accused ringleader James Cromitie - were busted last year after getting caught in an FBI sting.

Fuller testified that the feds had never heard of Cromitie, whom prosecutors portray as a vicious anti-Semite, until a government informant heard him making anti-American statements at a mosque in Newburgh.

The defense contends that the men were entrapped by the informant, Shahed Hussain, a convicted fraudster who Fuller said had received $96,000 in pay and expenses since April 2007.

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