Muhammed Momtaz Alazhari allegedly scouted out locations for an attack in support of ISIS. Alazhari, a U.S. citizen, spent three years in prison in Saudi Arabia for attempting to join a terrorist group, Jaysh al-Islam, in Syria. Following his release from prison in 2019, he returned to the United States. Starting in May 2019, the FBI discovered that Alazhari had consumed ISIS propaganda and spoken favorably of the terrorist group. Alazhari attempted to purchase gun components on eBay. The FBI then took over an eBay seller's accounts, and posing as the eBay seller, an agent communicated with Alazhari and offered to sell him a handgun, without registering the sale with the government. Court-authorized searches of Alazhari's internet activity revealed that he had visited ISIS propaganda sites on the dark web and had researched possible sites to attack in the Tampa Bay area. Alazhari suggested to an FBI informant that they could attack a police officer. "I want to join ISIS," Alazhari told the informant, according to FBI's affidavit. "They are the real followers." Alazhari was arrested after purchasing a gun and a silencer from the FBI informant.