Starting in October 2014, Parveg Ahmed began posting about ISIS on his social media accounts. When Ahmed returned to the United States from a trip to Bangladesh in January 2016, agents questioned him at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Ahmed told the agents that he made the ISIS statements at “a low point in his life ... when he was smoking a large amount of marijuana,” according to court records. In June 2017, Ahmed traveled with a group to Saudi Arabia, where he and an unidentified co-conspirator attempted to travel to Syria before being detained. An FBI search of Ahmed’s computer found extremist material. Ahmed was deported to the United States to face material support charges.