- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey man has admitted his role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than $200,000 worth of firearms parts out of the United States.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Abelardo Delmundo, of Toms River, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act and U.S. anti-smuggling laws. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug 7.

Delmundo admitted that from 2008 through October 2013, he and other conspirators he met through an online forum agreed to ship firearms and firearms parts from the U.S. to the Philippines.

Knowing that suppliers in the U.S. would not ship to the Philippines, the conspirators arranged for the suppliers to send the firearms parts to Delmundo’s Toms River address in order to make it appear that it was a domestic sale.

After receiving the firearms parts, Delmundo falsely labeled the contents of the package as food or other home goods and exported the firearms parts to the Philippines for delivery to the other conspirators. To disguise his role in the conspiracy, prosecutors say Delmundo used the alias “Teng Flores” when sending packages containing prohibited items.

Upon receiving the firearms parts, Delmundo was paid through cash payments and wire transfers to Delmundo’s relatives in the Philippines.

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