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He pleaded guilty after phoning bomb threats to a mosque. Caller ID helped catch him

Faris Ahmed, Talha Ahmed and Zying Budan enjoy gifts given to them after the prayer service at a Hallandale Beach mosque.
Faris Ahmed, Talha Ahmed and Zying Budan enjoy gifts given to them after the prayer service at a Hallandale Beach mosque. jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

No surprise that Cutler Bay resident Dustin Hughes pleaded guilty Friday to one count of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs through the threatened use of a dangerous weapon and explosive.

After all, Hughes expressed glee at the fear that his May 5 bomb threat caused at the Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque of Pembroke Pines, Florida, according to the criminal complaint.

"When advised, in substance, that the calls caused the members of the mosque to become scared, Hughes clapped and said something to the effect of 'good,' or some other similar words of approval," the complaint reads. "During the interview, Hughes stated, in substance, that he wanted to scare members of the mosque and upset them."

This interview followed Pembroke Pines police and the FBI tracking five nasty May 5 phone calls to the mosque back to Hughes via several methods, including the mosque's digital caller ID saying, "DUSTIN HUGHES."

On Friday, the Justice Department said, the 26-year-old admitted he called the mosque's emergency line and left a "hate-filled and profanity-laden" message denigrating Islam and threatening to blow up the mosque."

Hughes also admitted he mentioned a detonator and he would "blow your temple up" and “you guys are all going to be up in flames after I’m done with you.”

Hughes will be sentenced Sept. 6. For an indication of what kind of sentence awaits Hughes, security guard Gerald Wallace got a year after pleading guilty to the same charge in January. Wallace threatened to shoot members of a Miami Gardens mosque.

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