Four men from the Philippines charged with smuggling guns from the U.S.

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Four men from the Philippines have been indicted for crimes related to an alleged gun smuggling operation, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh today.

Most of the charges in the 29-count indictment are aimed at Frederico Aglipay, 40, of Manila.

Mr. Aglipay and three other men bought and exported to the Philippines arms designated for defense, without licenses and with fraudulent documentation, including M-16 rifles from 2006 through 2009, according to the indictment. They purchased the arms from individuals and businesses in Texas, California and Illinois, according to the indictment, and paid $833,261 over three years to a Western Pennsylvania man identified only as Jack MM.

Jack MM falsely labeled scores of packages including hundreds of rifles and rifle parts, according to the indictment.

Mr. Aglipay faces charges of conspiracy, smuggling, illegal exportation of defense articles and money laundering.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord.


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