A Raleigh man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for smuggling dozens of pistols into the United Kingdom.
Steven Neal Greenoe was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Greenville. He pleaded guilty last year to exporting firearms from the United States without a license and traveling in foreign commerce to deal in firearms without a license.
Melvin King, acting special agent in charge of the ATF office in Charlotte, says such trafficking schemes are contributing factors to violent crime.
Prosecutors say the 37-year-old ex-Marine brought 63 pistols in his checked luggage on flights to Britain, where he then sold them.
Authorities said he disassembled the weapons and disguised them as engineering samples and inert weapons, then concealed them in his luggage.
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