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US man jailed for shipping weapons to Dom Rep

Published:Sunday | March 16, 2014 | 12:08 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Mar.16, CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) agency says a Pennsylvania man has been jailed for five years for shipping weapons to the Dominican Republic.



Rafael Cabrera-Mesa, 36, of Reading, Pennsylvania was sentenced the day before for “shipping a firearm and ammunition in foreign commerce and use of false identification, following an investigation by US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).”



Cabrera-Mesa pleaded guilty to the charges on December 18, 2013.



In addition to the prison term, ICE said the judge ordered three years of supervised release and a US$200 special assessment to Carbera-Mesa.



The ICE reported that on February 1, 2010, I Cabrera-Mesa “possessed, and shipped to the Dominican Republic a Remington Model 760 Gamemaster .30-06 rifle, along with numerous rounds of ammunition.”



The immigration agency also said Cabrera-Mesa “stole the identity of a deceased US citizen, using that person’s birth certificate and social security number in order to avoid apprehension by immigration authorities.”



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