Blackwater Denies Smuggling Weapons In Dog Food

Private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide denies it has smuggled weapons into Iraq, arguing that its practice of exporting weapons on pallets of dog food is a means to protect the arms from theft.

ABC News cited unnamed sources in reporting Friday that federal prosecutors in North Carolina are investigating whether Blackwater
illegally shipped weapons to Iraq by hiding them "in large sacks
of dog food."

Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell denies that charge, saying the weapons were accounted for in export paperwork. She said guns were placed on the inside of pallets next to the dog food bags to
prevent corrupt foreign customs agents and shipping workers from
stealing them.

The dog food is for bomb-sniffing dogs.

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