Minn. man sentenced for smuggling AK-47's

MINNEAPOLIS -A 30-year-old Minneapolis man will serve two years in federal prison for smuggling AK-47 components to Paraguay.

Fabian Patricio Lojano-Lojano was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of smuggling goods from the U.S.

In his plea agreement, Lojano-Lojano admitted that inJune of 2010, he dropped off a package at a United Parcel Service (UPS) station in Minneapolis. Lojano-Lojano told employees that the
package contained T-shirts, but in actually it contained parts for AK-47 rifles.

In July of that same year UPS received additional packages from Lojano-Lojano. The destination addresses on those packages were the same as the previous package sent to Paraguay, although, in this instance, Lojano-Lojano used a false name and return address on the packages. Those packages also
contained parts for six AK-47 rifles.

In all, Lojano-Lojano admitted sending packages to the
same individuals in Paraguay on 46 prior occasions between September 2009 and June of 2010.

At least ten firearms were ultimately mailed to Paraguay through this process.

This case was the result of an investigation by ATF, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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