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06/06/2008

Alexandria man sentenced for illegal export of firearms parts to Sudan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Khalid Ahmed, 37, of Alexandria, was sentenced today to five months in prison, followed by five months in community confinement, a fine of $1,500 and three years of supervised release. He was ordered to cooperate with immigration officials in any removal proceedings. Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Mark X. McGraw, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Darryl W. Jackson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge T. S. Ellis III. This case was investigated by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement.

According to court documents, Ahmed's guilty plea stemmed from his attempt to export to Sudan components of an assault rifle without the requisite license issued by the U.S. State Department of State. The parts were discovered on Aug. 22, 2007, at Dulles International Airport after having been packed by Ahmed in his wife's checked luggage prior to her leaving to a trip to her native Sudan. The seizure took place after ICE agents had previously intercepted a package of gun parts sent to Sudan in the mail by Ahmed, after which time ICE agents advised him about the licensing requirements for export, and U.S. sanctions against Sudan.

"The illegal exportation of controlled U.S. technology is tantamount to breaching the border," said Mark X. McGraw, ICE Special Agent in Charge for the Washington, D.C., Office of Investigation. "We will locate, prosecute and jail those whose activities present a threat to our national security."

The investigation also revealed that Ahmed had purchased hundreds of export-controlled items, including tactical equipment, gun parts, and other items worth several thousand dollars, which had also been unlawfully exported to Sudan. ICE agent with the assistance of agents from U.S. Department of Commerce arrested Ahmed at his Alexandria residence on Jan. 31, 2008. He is a native of Sudan and had applied for and received status in the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

Assistant United States Attorney Neil Hammerstrom prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Krishna R. Patel.