Crime: Florida scheme to smuggle weapons to Argentina busted - PressFrom - US

CrimeFlorida scheme to smuggle weapons to Argentina busted

19:10  12 july  2019
19:10  12 july  2019 Source:

The labels said 'sporting goods,' but the parcels held assault rifles and grenades

The labels said 'sporting goods,' but the parcels held assault rifles and grenades The labels on the cardboard boxes suggested the contents were harmless - auto and bicycle parts, optic scopes, antique revolvers and other merchandise. Based in Florida, John Peterson and Brunella Zuppone mailed dozens of these shipments through Miami to Argentina without a hitch for a couple of years, according federal authorities. But last October, two of the couple's shipments,

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MIAMI (AP) — Another person has been charged in Florida with taking part in a massive weapons smuggling operation to Argentina and elsewhere in South America.

Federal court records filed in Miami show that 47-year-old Cristian German Barrera of Palm Beach County is charged with violating arms export laws by allegedly shipping thousands of AR-15 rifle parts to Argentina. Two other people were previously charged in the case.

Court records did not list an attorney for Barrera, who has a bail hearing set next week in Miami federal court.

Homeland Security Investigations officials say the probe led to seizure 52 AR-15 assault rifles, 189 other long weapons, 156 handguns, 30,000 rounds of ammunition and $110,000 in cash.

Argentine authorities arrested several other suspects in that country.

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