A member of the U.S. National Guard and two Chinese citizens have been charged with smuggling multiple shipments of firearms from New York City to China, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Joseph Debose, 29, a staff sergeant with a unit of the U.S. Special Forces National Guard, was arrested Sunday in a sting operation by federal agents in North Carolina, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. At the time of his arrest, he was carrying a .45 caliber pistol and 12 other firearms he intended to send illegally overseas, prosecutors said.
Debose worked with two Chinese men, Zhifu Lin and Lilan Li, to run a “pipeline of illegal firearms from the United States to China,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.
The scheme came to light when local law enforcement officials in China seized a package containing firearms concealed in speaker casings, the complaint said. The weapons, whose serial numbers had been defaced, had been sent from Queens, New York, and were later traced back to Debose, according to the complaint.
A member of the U.S. National Guard and two Chinese citizens have been charged…
by Tactical-Life / May 24, 2012