SEATTLE — The U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle says six people have been arrested following an investigation into a ring that exported restricted firearm parts from the United States to Thailand.
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan’s office said the arrests happened over the weekend, including one at SeaTac International Airport and another in Bellevue. The other arrests occurred in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Berkeley, Calif.
The group is charged with conspiracy to violate the Arms Control Export Act. Prosecutors said that between 2011 and 2013, the group concealed weapons parts in cargo heading to Asia under misleading labels. Prosecutors allege the group is responsible for at least 240 shipments.
Durkan’s office described Naris Lekhakul, 42, as the ring’s leader. He was arrested at SeaTac as he arrived from Thailand.