FBI: Undercover informant helped unveil California terror plot

The charges against four Southern California men accused of plotting to join Al Qaeda and the Taliban and threatening to commit “violent jihad”against Americans appeared to stem largely from the work of an undercover informant working for the FBI.

According to a federal complaint unsealed this week, the informant has been on the FBI payroll for more than four years and has received $250,000 and “immigration benefits” for his work. According to the affidavit included in the criminal complaint, he was once convicted of trafficking pseudoephedrine, a chemical precursor to methamphetamine.

Undercover FBI operatives began chatting with one of the suspects, Upland resident Miguel Alejandro Santana, 21, online in February, and the informant had infiltrated the group by March.

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