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Mitchellville Man Sentenced for Unlicensed Export of Firearms To Nigeria
Mitchellville Man Sentenced for Unlicensed Export of  Firearms  To Nigeria


The following information was sent from the U.S. Department of Justice:

Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Boniface Ibe, age 50, of Mitchellville, Maryland, today to five months in prison followed by 10 months of supervised release for exporting arms and controlled goods to Nigeria without a license, and for delivering a firearm to a common carrier without written notice.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Baltimore Port Director Ricardo Scheller; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Rick Shimon of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement's Washington Field Office. 

       According to Ibe’s guilty plea, from November 2003 to August 2010, Ibe bought 194 shotguns and a .22 caliber handgun from gun shops in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas.  On September 11, 2010 law enforcement learned that Ibe ordered a shipping container to be dropped and loaded with boxes at F&G Auto in Capitol Heights, Maryland.  After the container was picked up and on September 22, 2010, law enforcement examined the shipping container at the Port of Baltimore and found eight shotguns, a .22 caliber handgun and .22 caliber ammunition concealed in a car inside the container.  Shotgun ammunition was found in another vehicle in the container. 

        Dock receipts indicated that an individual in Nigeria was to receive the container, as well as at least four other containers shipped to Nigeria in 2008 and 2009.  The .22 caliber handgun and ammunition are designated as significant military equipment controlled under the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations, and the shotguns are controlled for export under the Commerce Control List, all of which require a license for export.  Ibe never possessed the necessary licenses or authorizations to export the firearms and ammunition. 

        United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ICE - Homeland Security Investigations; the U.S. Customs and Border Protection; ATF; and the Department of Commerce for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Christen A. Sproule, who prosecuted the case.


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