- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Three relatives have pleaded guilty to charges relating to a conspiracy to ship weapons from eastern Iowa to Lebanon.

Fifty-one-year-old Ali Herz; his sister-in-law, 25-year-old Sarah Zeaiter; and his son, 23-year-old Adam Herz were arrested in May 2015 after agents intercepted shipping containers headed from Cedar Rapids to Beirut that had many guns and rounds of ammunition inside construction equipment. Investigators say that they were making money by trafficking arms to a war-torn region and that they may have ties to Hezbollah, which the U.S. government considers a terrorist organization.

Ali Herz faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison, 16 years of supervised release and a more than $2 million fine. Zeaiter and Adam Herz each face a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison, 13 years of supervised release and a more than $1.7 million fine.

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