Florida scheme to smuggle weapons to Argentina busted
MIAMI (AP) — Another person has been charged in Florida with taking part in a massive weapons smuggling operation to Argentina and elsewhere in South America.
Federal court records filed in Miami show that 47-year-old Cristian German Barrera of Palm Beach County is charged with violating arms export laws by allegedly shipping thousands of AR-15 rifle parts to Argentina. Two other people were previously charged in the case.
Court records did not list an attorney for Barrera, who has a bail hearing set next week in Miami federal court.
Homeland Security Investigations officials say the probe led to seizure 52 AR-15 assault rifles, 189 other long weapons, 156 handguns, 30,000 rounds of ammunition and $110,000 in cash.
Argentine authorities arrested several other suspects in that country.