Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Times-News: Mounties Bust Up International Gun Smuggling; Idaho Man Indicted

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

An Idaho man has been indicted after prosecutors said he was part of an international gun smuggling scheme which included sneaking semi-automatic weapons from the U.S. into Canada via snowmobile.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Dylan Dowton of Jerome was part of a smuggling operation that saw four semiautomatic rifles and two handguns brought into Canada from the U.S. with the help of an accomplice.

Law enforcement said the Canadian accomplice paid Dowton $10,000 to purchase the firearms in Idaho. Dowton then allegedly transported the guns to North Dakota and transferred the weapons to the accomplice. The accomplice then, in turn, sold the weapons for $24,000 to undercover Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Dowton must face a U.S. Magistrate in a Grand Forks, North Dakota courtroom this Friday, April 12. Dowton has been ordered to surrender his passport.

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