Source: U. S. Department of Justice

Aiden Davidson has been found guilty on March 2 in U.S. federal court for smuggling goods from the United States to Iran and violating the U.S. sanctions over Iran. According to court documents and statements made in court, Davidson, is a citizen of Iran and a naturalized citizen and resident of the United States. 

Davidson was the manager of a New Hampshire limited liability company, Golden Gate International, LLC.  Babazedeh Trading Co. was an Iranian company that operated an online resale business based in Tehran, Iran.  The other party in this transaction, Stare Lojistik Enerji Sanayi Ticaret was a Turkish freight forwarding company.

Between 2016 and 2017, both Davidson and Golden Gate smuggled motors, pumps, valves, and other items that were valued at more than $100,000 to Babazadeh in Iran violating U.S. sanctions over Iran.  Shipping documents falsely identified the Ultimate Consignee of the shipments as Stare in Turkey.  In causing the unlicensed exportation of these goods, Davidson and Golden Gate willfully evaded national security controls related to transactions with Iran. 

Per U.S. Department of Justice Davidson and Golden Gate continued to knowingly export from Savannah, Georgia, to Babazadeh in Iran.   The products included displacement pumps.  Documents related to these shipments falsely identified the Ultimate Consignee of the shipments as Ariyanis Group in Turkey.  In causing the unlicensed exportation of these goods, Davidson and Golden Gate willfully evaded national security controls related to transactions with Iran. 

U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security, Investigations unit continue to work with the Justice Department on this case.

More information can be found at this Press Release.

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