• Men accused of trafficking guns from Seattle to Kurds in Iraq

    By: Graham Johnson

    Updated:

    Two men are under federal indictment accused of trafficking guns from Seattle to Kurds in Iraq.

    Federal prosecutors say authorities in Turkey seized 47 guns hidden inside two cars that were shipped from the Port of Seattle last year.

    Paul Stuart Brunt of Bellevue and Rawnd Khaleel Aldalawi of Seattle were arrested last week.

    According to court papers, Brunt bought multiple firearms from Puget Sound area gun stores, which were then hidden inside the panels of vehicles.

    According to a federal complaint, Aldalawi approached Brunt about shipping cars with weapons to the Pershmerga military in Kurdistan.

    Aldalawi told investigators the Iraqi government was not sufficiently assisting the Pershmerga people in the fight against ISIS.

    Brunt told investigators a previous shipment last February involved 30 guns divided among three vehicles.

    Both men will be arraigned next week on charges of violating the Arms Export Control Act.

     


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