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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Charles J. Kovats (Acting)
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tasha Zerna

Canadian Citizen Sentenced to 68 Months in Prison for Aiding and Abetting Illegal Possession of Firearms

Minneapolis – A Canadian man was sentenced to 68 months in prison for aiding and abetting unlawful possession of firearms, announced Acting United States Attorney Charles J. Kovats.

According to court documents, on January 10, 2021, Muzamil Aden Addow, 30, and co-defendant Dayne Adrian Sitladeen, 29, were stopped by a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper near Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The defendants were traveling between 95-100 miles per hour in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with Texas license plates. When the Trooper approached the vehicle, Muzamil Aden Addow, the driver, provided an Ontario, Canada, driver’s license with a false name.

According to court documents, after detecting the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and receiving suspicious and inconsistent statements from Addow and Sitladeen, the Trooper searched the vehicle. As a result of the search, law enforcement officers recovered a total of 67 firearms and numerous pistol magazines, including 15 high-capacity pistol magazines, from four bags in the truck—one pistol magazine was partially loaded with live ammunition rounds.

Addow, who pleaded guilty on July 27, 2021, to one count of aiding and abetting firearm possession by aliens unlawfully in the United States, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy E. Brasel. On December 8, 2021, his co-defendant Dayne Adrian Sitladeen was sentenced to 78 months in prison.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Minnesota State Patrol.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha Bates.


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