(CBS) ALBANY, N.Y.-- The FBI said that two men from upstate New York, Glendon Crawford, 49, and Eric Feight, 54, face terrorism charges after they allegedly plotted a radiation attack, reported CBS New York.
The station reports the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force uncovered the plot and that the suspects were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
According to prosecutors, Crawford petitioned Jewish organizations in the Albany area to find people who were willing to help him make a weapon that he could use against people he considered enemies of Israel, stated the station.
Prosecutors said Crawford and Feight were trying to build a device that could be operated remotely to silently expose people to deadly doses of X-rays, reported CBS New York. The device authorities said they intended to use was reportedly never operable.
"This investigation revealed unthinkable plotting and planning of terrorist activity that targeted unsuspecting innocent citizens," New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico told the station.
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said, "This case demonstrates how we must remain vigilant to detect and stop potential terrorists, who so often harbor hatred toward people they deem undesirable," according to CBS New York.
If convicted, the suspects face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said the station.