‘Muslims’ Movie Producer Was Arrested for PCP, Snitched for Feds

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With so much media noise about a con artist using more names than Blackwater, who has allegedly kept himself busy in his 55 years with everything from check fraud to producing soft-core pornography, it’s probably wise to take all of the initial reporting on Nakoula Basseley Nakoula with a pillar of salt. That being said, WIRED‘s Danger Room columnist Noah Shachtman has another bizarre addition to the story of this mysterious, and clearly upstanding, public figure:

Before he was involved in the making of a noxious video that provided an excuse for anti-American riots in the Middle East, and before he was convicted of federal bank fraud, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested on charges relating to the making of angel dust.

Court records reviewed by Danger Room show that Nakoula and a co-defendant were brought before the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse in Downey, California on April 15, 1997. They were charged with possessing the narcotic’s chemical precursors with “the intent to manufacture phencyclidine,” otherwise known as angel dust or PCP.

In recent days, we’ve learned that Nakoula used 14 different aliases — including “P.J. Tobacco” and “Kritbag Difrat” — in a complex check kiting scheme. We’ve learned that Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months in federal custody for the affair. According to The Smoking Gun, Nakoula was released from the the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc, California in September, 2010. He spent the following nine months in and out of a halfway house in Long Beach. Unnamed officials tell ABC News he wrote the script for the film, which depicts the prophet Muhammad as a thug and a child molester, while in prison.

The punishment was relatively gentle, even though it wasn’t Nakoula’s first encounter with the law. That’s because Nakoula had decided to become a federal informant.

“I am sorry for what happened. Now I know it was wrong. I decide to cooperate with the government to retrieve some of those mistakes,” Nakoula told Judge Christina Snyder in June of 2010, according to a sentencing transcript obtained by The Smoking Gun.

The man Nakoula agreed to help the feds catch was Eiad Salameh, the ringleader of the check kiting scheme and “a notorious fraudster who has been tracked for more than a decade by state and federal investigators,” the Smoking Gun says. “In his debriefings, Nakoula said he was recruited as a ‘runner’ by Salameh, who pocketed the majority of money generated by the bank swindles.”

Because of the promised help, because of his many ailments (including Hepatitis C and diabetes) and maybe because of a friendly letter from a friend calling Nakoula “a God-fearing man whose first priority is his family,” Bakoula was sentenced to just 21 months in prison (…) in spie of his previous arrests. In August of 1991, he was convicted on two counts of selling watered-down gasoline. And then came the arrest for PCP manufacturing in 1997.

It’s “entirely possible”, WIRED continues, that Nakoula and his associates were arrested for trying to mass-produce both PCP and methamphetamine, according to unconfirmed reports from The Daily Beast.


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16 Comments on "‘Muslims’ Movie Producer Was Arrested for PCP, Snitched for Feds"

  1. UnasinousOrotund57 | Sep 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm |

    PCP aint nothing to fuck with, take him down.

  2. VaudeVillain | Sep 18, 2012 at 12:21 am |

    Seems like a real winner…

  3. > a noxious video that provided an excuse for anti-American riots in the Middle East

    maybe the 11 years of nonstop military attacks on Arab countries by the US
    could have possibly  played a a role in inciting riots
    only American sheep would by that load of sheep shit

    maybe the millions maimed, displaced and killed by US military aggression caused those riots
    and not a bad Sid & Marty Kroft production

    OK, you may now return to your normal programming

  4. Harissmith320 | Sep 18, 2012 at 4:21 am |

    What does it main reason for the Arrested of Muslim Movie Producer?

  5. BrendanBabbage | Sep 18, 2012 at 5:12 am |

    I’m very skeptical of this story.

    Seems a smoke screen to get by or cover up that this is obviously produced by Jews/Israelis…  IMO it’d hardly be their first time, though this particular bonk…  $5 million for THAT!?  Then again, that film is so bad I can’t blame them for trying to cover it up…

    But this story, the same one going around and around I really think it’s Jews/Israelis.


    1.  $5 million but made THAT…  Sorry for being so un-PC but when it’s the “Good Christians” they put their heart and souls into it.  Low rent “Christan” stuff usually has work you have to crack the whip for high dollar productions.  I mean it’s corny and preachy and suffers from overreaching, but even Chick’s comics are far better in story and passion than most of the hot artist/chicks with big boobs in latex “Writing” you see in mainstream stuff.

    —Really, I imagine some fund collector going “Yes, yes, Schmendrick, I did read your ‘Mohamed the Berzerker’ thing…  Yes, we could produce it for that much money, today’s tech it’d be like that awful film ‘Deathstalker’ you forced me to watch…  But this is no Holocaust film.  These are the simple, stupid Muslims.  Just write ‘Mohamed sucks pigs’ on a wall somewhere they riot and a city burns…”

    2.  Watching those barf clips out of morbid interest I noticed the character playing Mohammed.  Ever see the one where he’s leering over the pot of gold coins?  Again, so SORRY for being Non-PC but the ONLY good acting is there, and then it works, him leering over gold.  This guy would flunk out of the late Savannah’s XXX “Ghost” film for bad acting, (1) but you believe his evil leer over the gold.

    3.  They got it on tv.  In a MUSLIM country. 
    Yeah, yeah, yeah we get fed it’s “Hate speech” to criticize the Jews, or point out they “Control” the media…  But HOW ELSE…  HOW ELSE can you get something on TV in a country where G rated to us is R to them, let alone such a “riot button” issue?  They might not control the ENTIRE media, but they have great influence, enough to have unfair pressure when and where they want it, most would agree there?

    I think the terrorist groups were planning to attack anyways and used this for an excuse.  But, really, they didn’t have to make such an excuse, no?

    1 – well, assuming he was somehow +18 and on the set;
    Savannah…  “sigh…  OK, buddy, this is take 25.  Last chance…”
    Whover he is…  “I.. weee….  have been like uh dead 200 years…   Ooops, I mean…”
    Savannah… “Bye Bye…” –  “If I had to let a JEW on the set…as an actor, not a producer…  Ugg… I really shouldn’t have put down Ron Jeremy…  All my gf’s love him and he’d be a perfect Blackbeard’s ghost…”

    • You (not I) believe the leering over gold acting, yet you believe the Jews would waste $5 million on a film like this?  I think you’re filtering the evidence through an antisemitic reality tunnel.

      • BrendanBabbage | Sep 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

         No, I mean just like the “This fund raised $10 million, but $1 million is enough to save the orphanage…” stereotype they RAISED $5 million but spent around $50K..

        And I’m not saying they did exactly that in this case, just One Man’s Opinion this is what happened.

        Furthermore, I think with my joke quote  “Schmendrick I read your…” I made what I said quite clear.

  6. Calypso_1 | Sep 18, 2012 at 11:19 am |

    “Kritbag”  I like it.

    …but if this were to be true, could we consider – once a narc, always a narc.
    He’d be in somebodies little black book of informants & ‘off the books’ job candidates.

  7. Turbulent_red | Sep 18, 2012 at 11:51 am |

    This guy sounds like hes on the CIA paylist, making PCP which has no demand, and requires complex chemistry. Making films that are worthless to Americans, but if small clips are shown on extremist tv overseas it will cause a shit storm. Think about the motive of a mole like this.

    • tibby trillz | Nov 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm |

      in 1997 there was a demand. ever been to the jungle room at a rave? whole place smelled like magic markers.

      • The Well Dressed Man | Nov 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm |

        I have very limited recollection of the year you mention…

        • Calypso_1 | Nov 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm |

          I am beginning to find a growing retrograde amnesia of certain escapades. This perhaps is for the best.

          • The Well Dressed Man | Nov 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm |

            The ticket stubs, flyers, and mixed cassettes are clues that sometimes yield hints. Very grateful that this was before the advent of social media, and exists as vague blurs elsewhere in spacetime

  8. Seems like the perfect stooge for a government organisation, they can do 20+ years in jail or work on a project of theirs.

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