PLANNED TO KILL THE WORLD! U.S. Coast Guard Officer Christopher Hasson Indicted for Illegal Possession of Silencers, Possession of Firearms by a Drug Addict and Unlawful User, and Possession of a Controlled Substance
GREENBELT MD. – A man who feds say was plotting to kill elected officials, media stars and others he viewed with disdain, was also conjuring up ways to kill everyone in the world with biological poisons – has now been officially charged with serious crimes in criminal indictments.
A federal grand jury on Feb. 27, 2019, indicted Christopher Paul Hasson, age 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, on federal charges for unlawful possession of silencers, for possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user, and for possession of a controlled substance. Hasson was arrested on related charges on February 15, 2019 and has been detained since his arrest.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur.
U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur stated, “We continue to gather evidence, as well as review evidence already obtained as part of this ongoing investigation.”
According to the indictment and other court documents, Hasson, a Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard, is charged with:
Illegal possession of two silencers. Federal law requires silencers to bear serial numbers and to be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The silencers in Hasson’s possession met neither criteria.
Illegal possession of firearms. Hasson is an unlawful user and addict of a controlled substance, and therefore prohibited from possessing the seventeen firearms in his possession.
A search warrant executed at Hasson’s residence on February 15, 2019, recovered the following firearms, which are referenced in the indictment:
- seven rifles;
- two shotguns;
- four pistols;
- two revolvers;
- an assembled firearm silencer;
- a disassembled firearm silencer.
Finally, the indictment alleges that Hasson possessed tramadol, a controlled substance that is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as an opioid analgesic.
If convicted, Hasson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of the three charges related to firearms and the firearm silencers, and a maximum of one year in prison for possession of tramadol. An arraignment in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt has not yet been scheduled.