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article imageNYPD cop and US Customs officer charged in weapons smuggling ring

By Justin King     Sep 9, 2013 in Crime
Federal authorities claim that three brothers, two of which are active law enforcement, conspired to ship weapons to the Philippines without proper licenses.
The brothers; Wilfredo Maralit, Rex Maralit, and Ariel Maralit allegedly ran an international gun-running operation where Wilfredo and Rex tracked down specific weapons for overseas buyers, purchased the requested items using their law enforcement discount, packed them in mislabeled boxes, and shipped them to their brother Ariel who would make delivery.
When federal agents raided the California home of Wilfredo, they uncovered numerous firearms. It should be noted that while the weapons in the photos being distributed by authorities appear to be military-grade weapons, they are semi-automatic weapons styled after military weapons. The illegality occurred when they brothers allegedly conspired to ship them overseas to the Philippines in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. State Department licenses are required to engage in such activity.
The country the weapons were being shipped to is in the midst of turmoil as highlighted by today’s news of a band of 400 suspected Moro National Liberation Front members storming a building and taking hostages. It is not immediately clear if the weapons were being shipped to the MNLF, private collectors, or factions loyal to the government.
Wilifred, the eldest brother, is a Custom and Border Protection officer. Rex is a New York City police officer. Each of the brothers faces up to five years in prison for each charge in the complaint, if proven guilty.
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