Brazil’s Largest Arms Trafficker Sentenced to 12.8 Years in U.S.

Weapons, which were hidden in water heaters and air conditioning equipment sent from the U.S., were supposed to be sold to drug lords in several of Rio de Janeiro’s favela communities.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Known as the “Lord of Guns”, Brazil’s largest illegal arms dealer, Frederik Barbieri, was sentenced by a US court in Florida to twelve years and eight months in jail on Thursday for trying to smuggle over 900 weapons to Brazil illegally. Last month Barbieri pleaded guilty to the charges in a Florida courtroom.

According to the court, “from May of 2013 through February of 2018, Barbieri conspired with others to: possess firearms with obliterated serial numbers; deliver packages containing those firearms to contract carriers for international shipment without providing . . .

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