- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A fourth suspect charged in a conspiracy to ship weapons from Iowa to Lebanon has pleaded guilty.

U.S. Attorney Kevin Techau says 31-year-old Bassem Herz entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Herz was originally charged with his wife Sarah Zeaiter, his brother Ali Herz, and his nephew Adam Herz. The others pleaded guilty earlier this month.

The four were arrested in May 2015 after agents intercepted shipping containers headed from Cedar Rapids to Beirut that had many guns and rounds of ammunition hidden inside construction equipment.

Herz admitted in a plea agreement that there were a total of four gun shipments sent to Lebanon between March 2014 and May 2015 and money earned through the gun sales was used to further the scheme.


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