- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man is facing federal charges for trying to smuggle guns and ammunition to West Africa.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 33-year-old Richmond Akoto Attah of Charlotte faces nine criminal charges of illegal firearms dealing, smuggling and making false statements to a firearms dealer.

Attah did not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment. Court records that might list his attorney were not available online Thursday.

Prosecutors say U.S. Customs officers caught Attah after he packed more than two dozen pistols inside a washing machine and a dryer and tried to have the appliances shipped from Charlotte to Ghana. He allegedly bought more than 60 weapons from North Carolina dealers, online and at gun shows since 2013.

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