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Man admits shipping gun parts to Saudi Arabia, Columbia

September 22, 2018

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has acknowledged illegally shipping rifle barrels, gun magazines and other firearms parts to Saudi Arabia and Columbia on multiple occasions.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Valentino Lopez pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to outbound smuggling, which happened in 2014 and 2015.

The Pueblo man shipped some of the firearms parts to a recipient who turned out to be an undercover federal agent, and a search of Lopez’s home in December 2015 turned up 254 rifle magazines and 63 rifle barrels.

Lopez acknowledged selling the parts over the internet and shipping them to the two countries, despite knowing that it was illegal. He didn’t have a required license from the U.S. State Department.

Investigators say Lopez received at least $25,000 from buyers in Saudi Arabia and Columbia.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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