A pair of Bergen County men were arrested Thursday on charges they tried to sell guns that authorities believe may have once belonged to the family of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
According to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, law enforcement officers received information in April that the guns were being stored in Florida, and had been shipped to New Jersey for viewing by potential buyers.
The firearms, including semi-automatic pistols, 12 gauge shotguns and magnum revolvers, were appraised at between $250,000 and $350,000, according to Fishman. Their value was driven up due to several unique features, including gold inlay, drawings of moose and a wild boar and engraved writing in Arabic.
Two of the guns also featured the engraved initials “Q.S.”, which authorities believe indicate they belonged to Qusay Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti, Saddam Hussein’s second son.
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