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Authorities in L.A. seize over $378K of illegal gun items from China

Posted: 12:30 PM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-22 15:30:57-04
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LONG BEACH (KTNV) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport report teams were able to intercept and seize 52,601 firearms parts in violation of the Chinese Arms Embargo.
 
CBP officers in coordination with the Machinery Center of Excellence and Expertise, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized items described as sights, stocks, muzzles, brakes, buffer kits, and grips which arrived in three shipments from China.

These items had a combined domestic value of $378,225.00, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection communications office.
 
CBP officers referred the items to ATF investigators, who confirmed that the firearm parts violated the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
 
“This seizure is an exceptional example of CBP officers and import specialists vigilance, commitment and keen focus in enforcing complex arms embargo regulations,” said CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles Carlos C. Martel.

Federal regulations impose importation restrictions to certain countries to which the United States maintains an arms embargo, and one of such countries is China.

“This interception underscores the successful collaboration between CBP officers, import specialists and ATF investigators," said CBP Port Director of the LA/Long Beach Seaport LaFonda Sutton-Burke.