Man says tried to sell guns linked to Saddam Hussein family
Feb. 05, 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.