DENVER -- Two Russian nationals have been arrested in Denver. They're accused of illegally scheming and conspiring to send cutting edge micro technology overseas.
It's a federal crime that's considered a threat to national security.
The suspects, Dimitri Karpenko and Alexey Krutlin were behind bars Thursday night. They were also accused of working with a co-conspirator. Investigators said he was arrested in New York Thursday.
They face up to 20 years in federal prison and could pay up to $1 million in fines.
A national security expert said there's no question in his mind that Russia would use the tech items to make the U.S. weaker, and that country stronger.
He also shared a word of caution for Colorado tech companies. They need to pay attention to who they are selling products to because they could end up on the other side of the world and used against the U.S.