Defendants Sentenced For Roles in Firearms Trafficking

Defendants Sentenced For Roles in Firearms Trafficking

Defendants Sentenced For Roles in International Firearms Trafficking

Fort Lauderdale, FL (STL.News) Two defendants were sentenced last week in federal court for their roles in an international firearms trafficking ring.  On Monday, January 11, 2021, Naomi Natal Haynes, 41, a citizen of Canada and United States legal resident, was sentenced to 84 months in prison by United States District Judge Roy K. Altman for conspiracy to make false statements to firearms dealers and to smuggle firearms to Canada from the United States, as well as aggravated identity fraud.  On January 14, 2020, Marco Ian Almeida-Barreto, 24, of Pompano Beach, FL, was sentenced to 120 months in prison by United States District Judge James I. Cohn, for possession of firearms as a convicted felon.

According to court records, on September 22, 2018, the Canadian Border Service Agency (“CBSA”) intercepted 19 handguns and one silencer which were hidden inside a vehicle with a trap compartment.  The seizure occurred after the vehicle entered Canada from Plattsburg, New York.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) traced nearly all of the firearms to South Florida and determined several handguns were purchased at gun shows in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. 

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