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Smuggling controlled weapons to China

May 23rd, 2016, Posted in News

North Carolina resident & former Staff Sergeant, Joseph Debose, pled guilty on September 6th in United States District Court specifically for violating the Arms Export Control Act. According to evidence, Debose supplied numerous shipments of firearms to co-conspirators who concealed the weaponry in packages and transported them to distribution companies to be sent to China. The arsenal included semiautomatic handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Debose faces up to 20 years in a US prison.

Authorities originally learned of the scheme after law enforcement in China seized a package holding firearms with deleted serial identification numbers, which had been received from Queens, New York. U.S. law enforcement officials traveled to China to study the evidence. The arsenal seized by Chinese authorities has been designated by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) on the United States Munitions List (USML), and may not be exported without proper license from the U.S. State Department. Agents then traced the supply to Debose. He will eventually be added to various U.S. Denied Party Lists and Debarred Party Lists. Until rescinded from the watch list, the denied and debarred parties are restricted from Department of State, United States Munitions List (USML) goods.