A Filipino in New Jersey has admitted his role in smuggling more than $200,000 worth of gun parts out of the United States, a US official announced Thursday.
Kirby Santos pleaded guilty to charges of violating the Arms Export Control Act and US anti-smuggling laws before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in the Camden federal court, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.
Based on statements made in court, Santos admitted that he and others agreed to ship firearms parts from the U.S. to the Philippines from 2008 until October 2013. He also admitted to using credit cards and other forms of payment to purchase the firearms parts from suppliers in the U.S.
Since the suppliers do not ship to the Philippines, Santos arranged for the firearms parts to be delivered to his conspirators in Toms River, New Jersey and Lynwood, Washington.
Abelardo Delmundo, of Toms River, New Jersey, under the direction of Santos, repackaged the firearms parts, labelled them as “other items” and exported the parts to the Philippines for delivery to Santos.
To avoid detection, the conspirators also used aliases when they sent the packages. Upon receipt of the items, Santos paid his conspirators in cash or through wire transfer.
Santos was arrested in Guam on March 31, 2015. He pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on April 30, 2015 and is scheduled for sentencing by January 2016.
The conspiracy charge is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.