Guns bought at a Pompano Beach store were hidden in shipments of puppy chow to distract sniffer dogs in customs and smuggled to Haiti, federal prosecutors said in court on Wednesday.
Federal agents charged a Broward man who they said boldly continued to illegally export weapons even after he realized that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was on his trail.
Vladimir Jean-Baptiste, 40, a legal permanent resident who prosecutors said was linked to several addresses in Broward County and New York, was arrested when he returned from one of many recent trips to his homeland.
Authorities said that during the arrest process, Jean-Baptiste told agents that they didn’t know who they were messing with because he was close to the president of Haiti and warned that one agent’s “world was about to come to an end.”
Jean-Baptiste was in federal court in West Palm Beach on Wednesday to face an indictment charging him with conspiracy to smuggle firearms from the U.S. If convicted, he faces five years in prison.