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Final person sentenced in Cedar Rapids gun smuggling case

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The final person is sentenced to prison in a local gun smuggling case.  31-year-old Bassem Herz, of Cedar Rapids, pleading guilty to charges in connection to illegally sending firearms to Lebanon. 

He was given a little more than eight years in prison.  

Bassem was arrested in May of 2015, along with his wife Sarah Zeaiter, his father Ali Al Herz, and Ali's son Adam Herz.  Authorities intercepted shipping containers of multiple guns and ammunition headed from Cedar Rapids to Lebanon.

Investigators say the weapons were in plastic Pizza Daddy bags, a restaurant in Cedar Rapids.  They believe the family was making money by sending them to a terrorist organization.

Adam was sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Zeaiter was given more than seven years, and Ali to 28-and-a-half years.

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