(NEW YORK) — A National Guardsman and two Chinese nationals have been charged with running an international gun trafficking ring.
Joe Debose, an Army Staff Sgt. from North Carolina, has been charged with the illegal dealing of pistols, rifles and military-style assault weapons.
Court records say he supplied two Chinese nationals based in New York with guns and prosecutors say the men “ran a pipeline of illegal firearms from the U.S. to China” for nearly two years, but were caught when police in Shanghai intercepted a package containing several firearms hidden inside stereo speakers.
Court records say the serial numbers had been defaced but were eventually traced to Debose.
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Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire
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