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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Waterville Man Sentenced Two Years for Illegal Receipt and Shipment of Firearms

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Iulian Petre, a/k/a “Julian Petre,” 51, of Waterville, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to two years in prison and  three years of supervised release for illegally receiving and shipping firearms.  He was convicted of these charges on August 28, 2017, following a six-day jury trial. 

Court records and trial evidence revealed that in 2012 and 2013, Petre purchased and received firearms from out-of-state sellers intending to unlawfully export them.  He shipped some of these firearms to Romania.  The export of these firearms required authorization from the U.S. Department of State, which the defendant knowingly failed to obtain.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Chris Ruge Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 945-0373
Updated April 5, 2018