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Port St. Lucie man accused of illegally exporting firearms to Brazil

Posted: 11:32 AM, Feb 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-27 16:33:15Z

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A Port St. Lucie resident was indicted on charges related to the illegal exportation of firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) says 46-year old Frederik Barbieri of Port St. Lucie entered into a conspiracy to illegally export firearms to Brazil without a license.

According to the indictment, Barbieri and his co-conspirators purchased firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition from May 2013 to June 2017. They then obliterated the serial numbers from the firearms and concealed the firearms, accessories and ammunition in different packages. ATF says Barbieri and his co-conspirators would then ship the packages to Brazil, where they would be sold for a profit.

He is charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, one felony count of delivering firearms to a contract carrier without written notification that the shipment contained firearms, one felony count of smuggling firearms and firearms accessories from the United States to Brazil, and one felony count of exporting firearms and firearms accessories without a license.

If convicted, Barbieri faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years on Counts 1 and 2, a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years on Count 3, and a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years on Count 4.

His first appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge happens on February 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.