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July 26, 2004 

BIS Conducts Search of Kentucky Company for Alleged Export Control Violations

Agents from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and other federal agencies recently executed a search warrant on Galls Inc., located in Lexington, Kentucky, in an investigation involving alleged violations of U.S. export control laws. Galls, a subsidiary of Aramark, sells public safety equipment, military and law enforcement supplies.
An affidavit issued in connection with the search warrant claims that Galls tried to ship goods to Iraq via Jordan in 2003. Specifically, the affidavit states that Galls shipped, or attempted to export handcuffs, helmets and other controlled items without the required export licenses. The company also is accused of having sold products to a person on BIS' denied parties list.

According to reports, during the execution of the search warrant on Galls' offices federal agents took copies of sales invoices and export documents, international shipping logs, e-mail, an export license rejection notice, international correspondence, notes on export restrictions, international customer lists and customer records, international sales records, purchase orders, bank documents, government memos and computer files.

Galls has apparently been on BIS' radar screen for some time as the company has allegedly been found to have shipped handcuffs to Dubai, Japan and Zambia during the past few years without obtaining the proper export licenses.

Nearly two years on I would be interested to know the outcome or progress of this investigation?

That's a good question. I am sure it is percolating at the Bureau of Industry and Security's Office of Export Enforcement. Do any readers have any new information on the status of the Galls case?

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