- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Chinese citizen illegally in the United States has been sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling firearms, firearm parts and ammunition.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said Friday the actions of 45-year-old Yong Guo were particularly egregious because they went on for nearly two years.

Guo pleaded guilty in February to charges that he sent about 80 packages containing firearms or firearms parts using false names and return addresses from post offices in King and Pierce counties. The parts included .22-caliber rifle bolt assemblies sent to a contact in Hong Kong, and the packages were mislabeled as containing steel blocks, toy parts or other items.

It is illegal to export firearms, firearms components or ammunition without the permission of the U.S. government.

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