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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

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For Immediate Release

June 20, 2013

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611
jeanne.cooney@usdoj.gov

Coon Rapids Man Sentenced for Shipping Firearms to Liberia

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier today in federal court, a 38–year–old Coon Rapids man was sentenced for transporting firearms to his home country of Liberia. United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced McHarding Degan Galimah to 30 months in prison on one count of smuggling firearms from the United States to Liberia. Galimah was indicted on August 22, 2012, and convicted on February 14, 2013.

The evidence presented at trial proved that Galimah purchased 12 firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer, including seven Hi–Point, nine–millimeter handguns. In November 2010 and July 2011, he exported those weapons to Liberia and then made several trips to that country to take possession of the firearms for resale at a profit. At no time did he possess a license to transport the firearms, as required by federal law. Moreover, federal regulations prohibit the export of firearms to Liberia.

This case was the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunne.

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