Man pleads guilty in connection with Chili international arms smuggling - Fairport, NY - Fairport-E.Rochester Post: "One of three European men accused of international arms smuggling in Chili has accepted a plea deal.
Investigators say the men illegally imported Chinese-made weapons parts selling them to a firearms wholesaler in Chili. For two years, European authorities have been on the trail of the three men, under investigation for possible weapons trafficking.
On Wednesday, Karl Kleber — a German national — accepted a plea deal. Under the agreement, Kleber pleaded guilty to smuggling goods into the United States. When he's sentenced, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
In January, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rochester announced an indictment that accuses the men of conspiracy to smuggle 5,700 AK-47 Chinese-made drum magazines into the United States.
The drums hold the ammunition and U.S. law prohibits the importation of weapons and weapons parts made in China.
Besides Kleber, the indictment also accused two English citizens — Gary Hyde and Paul Restorick."
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