GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man charged with smuggling guns from the United States to Lebanon faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty.
Gilbert Oscar Elian pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act. The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison, although Elian may get some leniency on his sentencing guidelines because he agreed to enter a plea and if he assists prosecutors in their investigation.
Federal authorities allege the 54-year-old used the import/export business he owns to smuggle dozens of handguns overseas. Elian is a Lebanese national who became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Elian was arrested and charged in federal court in July 2015 with smuggling goods from the United States, specifically firearms.