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Man says tried to sell guns linked to Saddam Hussein family

February 5, 2015

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — A man has admitted scheming to sell several firearms federal prosecutors say are believed to have once belonged to the family of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

Prosecutors say 58-year-old Carlos Manuel Quirola pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to transport stolen firearms.

The guns were allegedly stored in Florida and shipped to New Jersey, where Quirola sought to find a buyer. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced in June.

Seven guns with an estimated value of $250,000 to $350,000 were seized in December 2012. Among them was a .357 semi-automatic pistol featuring a gold medallion “QS” believed to indicate Saddam Hussein’s son, Qusay.

Two other defendants have pleaded guilty; a fourth is scheduled for trial in May.

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