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Minneapolis man sentenced for smuggling AK-47 parts to Paraguay

March 6, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court in St. Paul, a 30-year-old Minneapolis man
was sentenced for smuggling AK-47 components to Paraguay. United States District Court
Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Fabian Patricio Lojano-Lojano to 24 months in prison on one
count of smuggling goods from the U.S. Lojano-Lojano was charged on October 12, 2011, and
pleaded guilty on October 27, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Lojano-Lojano admitted that on June 23, 2010, he dropped off a
package at a United Parcel Service (“UPS”) station in Minneapolis. Lojano-Lojano said the
package contained T-shirts, but in actually it contained parts for AK-47 rifles. On July 1, 2010,
UPS received additional packages from Lojano-Lojano. The destination addresses on those
packages were the same as the previous package, in Paraguay, although, in this instance,
Lojano-Lojano used a false name and return address on the packages. These packages also
contained parts for six AK-47 rifles. In all, Lojano-Lojano admitted sending packages to the
same individuals in Paraguay on 46 prior occasions between September of 2009 and June of
2010. At least ten firearms were ultimately provided to the addressee in Paraguay through this
process. On May 18, 2011, authorities executed a search warrant at Lojano-Lojano’s residence
and seized two boxes containing M4 and AK-47 parts and accessories.

This case was the result of an investigation by ATF, U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement—Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven L. Schleicher and Special Assistant U.S.
Attorney Colin P. Johnson.

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