Four relatives charged with smuggling a large amount of weapons from Iowa to Lebanon will remain in custody pending trial. US Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles ordered three of the suspects detained Friday following several hours of testimony. The fourth didn’t seek
his release. Scoles says he doesn’t want to speculate on the government’s implication that the arms could be linked to Hezbollah or another terrorist organization because there is no hard evidence to support it. But he says it’s possible that at a minimum the motive was greed. Testimony indicated the four legally purchased guns and ammunition in Iowa that would sell for 10 times the price in Lebanon.