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Sentencing in Florida|Gun-Smuggling Scheme

(CN) - A Texas man has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for smuggling firearms to the Middle East in used cars he bought at central Florida auto auctions.

U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven, who heard the case in Tampa, Fla., also ordered Eyad Farah to forfeit seven firearms that are traceable to the offenses.

According to prosecutors, Farah, owner of the Shoohoo Corporation, which does businesses as Ghaith Auto Sales in Plano, Texas, was part of a network of individuals involved in smuggling guns from the United States to the Middle East.

At the time of Farah's arrest, he and co-conspirator Mahmoud Abdel-Ghani Mohammad Assaf had acquired five firearms, including two .40 caliber Glock pistols and five magazines of ammunition, and concealed them in a Toyota Camry bound for Jordan.

Assaf, who travelled to the U.S. from Jordan on a B1/B2 visitor visa to advance the plan, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and is awaiting sentencing. Yasser Ahmad Obeid, a defendant in a related case, has also pleaded guilty.

He was sentenced in December 2014 to four years and three months in federal prison.

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