LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a black-market arms seller who tried to purchase anti-aircraft missiles and promote them to purchasers within the Center East has been convicted of conspiracy in Los Angeles.

Rami Asad-Ghanem was convicted Thursday and faces 25 years to life in jail.

Authorities say Ghanem, who’s a naturalized U.S. citizen, conspired to switch missiles to prospects around the globe. They are saying in a single case, he organized to rent mercenaries to function missiles for a Libyan militant group.

Following a tip from a Los Angeles army provide agency, authorities organized a sting operation, and Ghanem was arrested in Athens in 2015 after attempting to purchase sniper rifles and different army gear.

Ghanem pleaded responsible final month to different federal crimes together with smuggling and cash laundering. He awaits sentencing on these costs.

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