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Man arrested at Canadian border faces terrorism charges

A California man arrested at the Washington-Canada border early Monday was allegedly travelling to Syria to join a terrorist group, a Seattle television station reports.

Nicholas Teausant, 20, was arrested by federal authorities in Blaine, Wash., according to KIRO-TV. He has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Authorities allege that Teausant had written online posts indicating an interest to join the terrorist group Al Qaeda. The complaint also states that Teausant had revealed his intentions to an undercover FBI informant. The Seattle Times reports:

He traveled by train to Seattle, where he boarded a bus last night for Canada, according to the complaint. The bus was stopped just before midnight last night in Blaine by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Teausant was arrested.

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Teausant was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon. If he is convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

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