LOS GATOS -- The owner of a chemical exporting company faces possible prison time after being convicted Wednesday of attempting to ship potentially dangerous materials on commercial flights without labeling the packages or filling out proper paperwork.

Hasan Ibrahim, a 62-year-old Los Gatos resident, was doing business as MechChem, ordering and shipping hazardous materials for more than a decade, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

"Many of the chemicals the defendant handled were flammable, corrosive and highly toxic," the office said in a statement. "As a result of their dangerous properties, many of the chemicals were forbidden by transport on a passenger airplane, and two chemicals in particular were forbidden by transport on any aircraft."

Ibrahim was convicted of trying to place nine different such materials on a Lufthansa passenger plane destined for Frankfurt, Germany. The materials were ultimately bound for Saudi Arabia.

After a six-day trial in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Ibrahim was convicted of nine counts of attempting to place destructive substances on an aircraft, 10 counts of shipping hazardous materials without proper papers and labels, two counts of attempting to smuggle goods and one count of failing to file export information.

Ibrahim remains free pending his sentencing hearing, scheduled Oct. 9.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.



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