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    UPDATE: Feds: 4 people smuggled guns, ammunition to Lebanon

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    Four Cedar Rapids people are charged with purchasing 113 guns, including assault rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition over the past 17 months in order to smuggle them to Lebanon, according to a federal complaint Tuesday.More >>
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Four individuals from Cedar Rapids have officially been charged in a 46-count federal indictment related to Lebanese gun-smuggling activity.

The four had previously been accused of purchasing 113 guns, including assault rifles, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition over the past 17 months in order to smuggle them to Lebanon.

Ali Afif Al Herz, Adam Al Herz, Bassem Afif Herz and Sarah Majid Zeaiter were all charged Thursday with the following:

conspiracy to engage in the business of dealing in firearms;

conspiracy to ship and transport firearms in interstate commerce;

failure to notify common carriers of the existence of firearms and ammunition in interstate shipments;

making false statements and representations on firearms transaction records; and

conspiring to engage in money laundering.

In addition, each individual was charged with the following:

Ali Afif Al Herz, 50, was charged with 24 counts of possessing firearms after being convicted of domestic abuse.

His son, Adam Al Herz, 22, was charged with 17 counts of possessing firearms as an unlawful drug user.

Ali Afif Al Herz's brother, Bassem Afif Herz, 29, was charged with conspiracy.

Bassem Afif Herz's wife, Sarah Majid Zeaiter, was charged with three counts of making false claims to United States citizenship on bank records and federal firearms forms.

Adam Al Herz's arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. June 17. The arraignments for the other three are set for 1:30 p.m. June 16.

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