The girlfriend of an Edmond man charged with smuggling firearms to fighters battling ISIS said he was only trying to serve his country.
The U.S. Department of Justice is calling Randy Williams an international weapons smuggler.
“He supports his brothers that he fought alongside many years with,” Bre Richardson said. “And there's nothing wrong with that.”
She said her boyfriend volunteered to serve several tours with the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters. She said he was still trying to help them when he got caught shipping weapons to the Middle East.
According to the DOJ, on December 19, 2018, a package from Oklahoma was flagged at an Abu Dhabi Fed Ex distribution hub.
Inside, agents found disassembled gun parts purchased from a metro gun store. They later discovered 13 wire transfers to Williams totaling $12,761 from Sweden.
Richardson said he was trying to help the Kurdish fighters he had fought with on the ground -- a task force not associated with U.S. Military.
“He was seeing all of the fights and stuff going on with the ISIS groups in the countries and he wanted to do something for his country,” she said.
“There have been a lot of people from the European nations and from the United States who have gone over to volunteer to help the Kurds because they see them as on the front lines in the fight against terrorist, basically ISIS.’” Senior Fellow with the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Intelligence & Natl. Security Mike Boettcher said.
The FBI tracked Williams to the Edmond apartment where he lives and works at a militance person, where he admitted to shipping the firearms.
Court documents revealed Williams successfully shipped four packages to the Middle East with unknown contents.
“It's important that people understand that he's not a bad person.,” Richardson said. “He's trying to help his country. Maybe he made a few mistakes doing that.”
Williams could face up to 25 years in prison and $1 million fine.