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February 26, 2010 

Three Persons Indicted in Los Angeles for Conspiring to Export Assault Rifle Parts and Gun Sights to Phillippines

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday that a federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted the former owner of a Los Angeles-area gun store and two employees of a freight forwarding company for violating international arms trafficking and export control laws for allegedly exporting gun sights and equipment used to manufacture assault rifles to the Philippines without the required export licenses.

The three men are accused of conspiring to illegally ship defense articles and other controlled items to the Philippines in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to purchase and export to the Philippines, in three separate shipments, a total of 250 forging for AR-15 assault rifles and 11 holographic rifle sights. Two of the shipments were intercepted by Philippine customs officials. It is alleged that the forgings are subject to the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the rifle sights are subject to the jurisdiction of the Export Administration Regulations.

Two of the defendants were arrested yesterday and the third defendant apparently fled to the Philippines several years ago.

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