Ex-Customs officer admits running illegal gun-selling business for two decades
Added 07-18-19 01:25:02pm EST - “A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has admitted using his badge to illegally sell about 100 firearms, including "off-roster" weapons reserved for police or military, and keep numerous unregistered machine guns in…” - Nydailynews.com
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A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has admitted using his badge to illegally sell about 100 firearms, including “off-roster” weapons reserved for police or military, and keeping numerous unregistered machine guns in his Southern California home.
Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs, now faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to four felonies in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, according to the Department of Justice.
Federal prosecutors said the former CBP watch commander launched the illegal scheme in the late 1990s and went on to sell at least 99 firearms without the required federal license over the following two decades.
He “exploited his status as a law enforcement officer” to buy and sell “off-roster” handguns that cannot be sold to the general public, according to a news release.
“Mr. Xu’s public life as a federal officer masked his private greed and disrespect for the law, which he demonstrated through illegal weapons sales, tax evasion, and lying about contacts with foreign nationals,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said in the release.
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