- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Lebanese man accused of helping smuggle guns bought in Iowa to his home country has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison to violating the federal Arms Export Control Act.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 42-year-old Fadi Yassine was sentenced Wednesday for a conviction of one count of conspiracy for brokering firearms shipments to Lebanon in 2014 and 2015. Yassine had pleaded guilty in April.

Yassine was arrested Feb. 5 in New York as he entered the U.S. from Lebanon.

Four Cedar Rapids residents with ties to Lebanon were sentenced to prison last year for their role in the gun-smuggling scheme.

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