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(DETROIT) — A Detroit-area man who was under FBI investigation for “increasingly violent threats…about committing acts of terror and martyrdom” on behalf of ISIS has been charged with possession of a firearm by a user of a controlled substance, according to court filings.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan was stopped by Detroit police in October 2015 and found in possession of a pistol, marijuana and sleeping pills, the complaint filed Thursday said. He was later released on bond.

Abu-Rayyan also attempted to purchase another pistol in November 2015 but was denied due to the pending case on the October charge. He also allegedly told investigators that he smoked marijuana on a recreational basis, at a rate of about “four to five blunts” per week.

The FBI reviewed Abu-Rayyan’s Twitter account after the October arrest and found that he had been retweeting, liking and commenting on ISIS propaganda since November 2014.

An undercover FBI operative connected with Abu-Rayyan, and according to the complaint, he told the operative that he tried to shoot up a church near his home, that he had an AK-47 and ammunition, but that his plan was blown when his father searched the car and found the gun and bullets.

Asked by the operative why he targeted a church, Abu-Rayyan allegedly said that the choice was because “it’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news.”

In January, Abu-Rayyan told the undercover operative that he wanted to kill the police officer who arrested him in October.

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