Taiwanese Man Sentenced in US for Attempting to Smuggle Firearms to Taiwan

A Taiwanese man was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison by a court in Arizona after pleading guilty to purchasing guns and ammunition with the intent of smuggling them to Taiwan in June 2017.

Yang, Fu-sheng (楊福勝), 39, from Taipei City, legally entered the United States on June 20, 2017. During the next two days, Yang purchased 10,000 rounds of ammunition, firearms components, and attempted to arrange the purchase of 100 firearms, with the intention of smuggling the goods to Taiwan.

According to Arizona Daily Independent, Yang was stopped for speeding by Arizona State Troopers on June 22, and found in possession of the ammunition and 40 upper receivers (assault rifle parts).

The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, said in a press release that Yang was sentenced by US District Judge G Murray Snow to 33 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Phoenix Police Department.

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