- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Chinese national has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for smuggling military-grade arms from Delaware to China.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that 26-year-old Kan Chen of Ningbo, China, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Wilmington.

According to court documents, Chen illegally exported more than 180 export-controlled items, valued at more than $275,000, from the United States to China. Prosecutors say Chen purchased the items, which included night vision and thermal imaging scopes, on the internet.

Authorities say Chen had the items mailed to reshipping companies in New Castle, Delaware, which then sent the goods to China.

Chen was arrested a year ago in the Northern Mariana Islands. He pleaded guilty to three felonies.

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