Feds: Sterling Heights Man Pleads Guilty To Exporting Gun Parts Hidden In Toy Motorcycles

WWJ News
October 11, 2019 - 3:29 pm
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An example of a seized package of the firearms parts. (Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office)

(WWJ) A Macomb County man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for illegally shipping gun parts overseas, hidden inside toy motorcycles. 

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said 34-year-old Rrok Martin Camaj entered the plea to willfully exporting firearms parts without a license following an operation by Homeland Security Investigations.

According to court records, from March 2018 through January 2019, Camaj sent firearms parts — including pistol frames, firing pins, springs, ejectors, and magazines — through the mail to cohorts in Australia. To avoid detection by law enforcement, Camaj concealed the parts inside large motorized toy motorcycles, Schneider said. 

The parts were then assembled into operable firearms in Australia, which has some some of the strictest gun laws in the world.

“Investigating international arms trafficking is a priority for HSI,” said Special Agent in Charge Vance Callender, HSI Detroit. “HSI stands vigilant to deny transnational criminal organizations the ability to use arms to promote criminal activity overseas. I salute AFP for their partnership with us in the investigation. HSI will continue to work with our foreign and domestic law enforcement partners to fight international arms smuggling and ensure the integrity of our borders.”

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(Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office)

In Australia, officials say black market handguns are worth more than $15,000 each on the streets. 

“Attempting to import items like these will always attract a swift and comprehensive response from law enforcement," said Australian Federal Police (AFP) Detective Superintendent Andrew Bailey. "We do not want unregulated and unchecked items possibly making their way to criminal groups, which then has far-reaching consequences for the safety of the community. There is now no chance that these weapons will end up on the streets in the hands of criminals."

No sentencing date was announced.