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German pilot is charged in Libyan aircraft deals

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal agents have arrested a German pilot accused of offering to buy military cargo planes and aircraft engines for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Klaus Ernst Buhler of Dusseldorf, Germany, was taken into custody Wednesday while working in Nassau County, just north of Jacksonville, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Thursday.

The arrest capped a yearlong sting by federal agents.

Buhler, 48, was charged with two counts of attempting to export military engines to Libya without a license and approval from federal officials.

Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. He was being held in jail without bond.