Canadian Man Going To Prison For Attempting Illegally To Export Firearms From The U.S. To Dubai And Columbia | USAO-WDNY
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BUFFALO, NY – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Aydan Sin aka Hon Chak Gordon Sin aka Andy aka Bullion, 49, of British Columbia, Canada, has been convicted of violating the Arms Export Control Act by the U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced to 46 months in prison.
U.S. Assistant Attorney General Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that between November 2016 and April 2017, the defendant conspired with others, including Guy Deland and Charan Singh, in violation of the United States Ammunition List ( USML) Export Defense Articles under US law.
In November 2016, Singh began communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer (UCA) to inquire whether the UCA could export firearms from the United States to the United Arab Emirates. During these communications, the UCA advised Sin, Deland, and Singh that a State Department license was required to lawfully export the firearms. The defendants, acknowledging the illegality of the attempted exports, provided the UCA with an encrypted Blackberry device for secure, covert communications, and transferred approximately $ 70,000 from Canada to the United States as a 50% deposit to allow the goods to be exported.
On December 7, 2016, Sin requested orders for 9mm handguns and Uzi machine guns by phone and email. On December 9, 2016, Sin informed the UCA that instead of obtaining an export license, he wanted the UCA to export the firearms “in the wrong direction.”
The UCA then emailed Sin and Deland two revised invoices on January 10, 2017. One invoice covered the export of three new Glock 9mm firearms, six magazines, two used mini Uzi submachine guns, two silencers, and 1,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition for the firearms for a total price of $ 20,575. The second bill was for the export of 37 new Glock 9mm firearms, 74 magazines, 13 used mini Uzi submachine guns, 13 silencers and 3,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition to Colombia (through Panama) at a total cost of US $ 121,175 . Both invoices contained wording stating that the export of these products without an export license was prohibited by law.
On February 6 and 7, 2017, an undercover bank account in the Western District of New York received two wire transfers from a bank account in Canada for $ 34,990 each, which is 50% of the total purchase price of firearms, silencers, and ammunition.
On March 10, 2017, Sin contacted the UCA and asked if the delivery of weapons to Colombia would be in a few days. On March 20, 2017, the UCA used existing tracking numbers for ocean freight shipments and informed Sin and Deland that the firearms, silencers and ammunition were being shipped to Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates and that the weapons would be shipped to Colombia on March 29, 2017. The UCA also provided them with the tracking information.
The firearms, silencers, magazines, and ammunition listed above are items of defense that are listed in the USML. Prior to attempting to export and export these defense products from the United States, Sin knew that an export permit was required, and at no point has he or the actual exporter applied for, obtained, or owned a permit to export the items from the United States .
The charges against Defendants Guy Deland and Charan Singh are still pending. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The conviction is the result of an investigation into the Homeland Security investigation led by Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly. Additional help was provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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