Mali citizen pleads guilty in NYC to terror charge

By the Associated Press | November 15, 2011 | 6:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An African man has pleaded guilty in New York City to a terrorism charge, admitting that he engaged in the drug dealing trade with men who claimed they worked for terrorists who committed kidnappings.

Oumar Issa (OO'-mahr EE'-sah) pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

The citizen of Mali told a magistrate judge that he agreed in 2009 to transport drugs through the Sahara desert. He said the men he worked with claimed they worked for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and that they had done kidnappings. Issa said he had never heard of FARC.

A sentencing date wasn't set. Issa has agreed to be deported after he serves a sentence likely to be between five and 15 years in prison.