President of counterterrorism firm arrested for possessing miss

Sunday, August 18, 2002

ROSWELL, N.M. -- The president of a counterterrorism consulting firm has been charged with possessing 2,352 unregistered small military missiles worth $54 million, according to court documents.

David Hudak, a Canadian national and president of High Energy Access Tools, an anti-terrorism and police training services company, was arrested Thursday, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday.

Frank Fish, director of security for HEAT, said after the arrest that the company had believed it was licensed to have appropriate equipment to train U.S. allies and export them to allied nations, but later found out the permit was not filed. He did not specifically mention the missiles.

Fish also said the company invited agencies to inspect the Roswell and Tinnie sites because HEAT wanted to be sure it was compliant.

The complaint, obtained by The Albuquerque Tribune for a story in its Saturday editions, said agents discovered the missiles in 49 explosives crates, with each crate containing 48 missiles which are worth $23,040 apiece.

The complaint referred to the missiles' official designation as the M141 Bunker Defeat Munition.

Hudak was arrested Thursday by immigration agents.

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