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Iranian citizen accused of stockpiling sniper rifles, ammo in Ferndale WA. (WA Border with Canada)
KOMO News ^ | 5-26-10 | Joel Moreno

Posted on 05/26/2010 6:08:29 PM PDT by NavyCanDo

SEATTLE -- There are more questions than answers in the case of a suspected international arms dealer caught in Washington state with a stockpile of sniper rifles.

Oliver King is an Iranian citizen who, in the past, has been a licensed gun dealer. King appeared in court in Seattle on Wednesday, accused of keeping a stash of guns and ammunition hidden in a storage unit near the U.S.-Canada border.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, King lied to enter the U.S. near Blaine last week. Agents with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement became suspicious of King when he showed up at the border with a brand new passport, and a story about picking up his wife at Bellis Fair Shopping Mall in Bellingham.

Upon searching his car, agents found King's original passport, which has three visas for Iran and lists King's name as Hamid Malekpour.

At King's storage locker in Ferndale, agents found $30,000 worth of police-grade sniper rifles, handguns and ammunition.

(Excerpt) Read more at komonews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ammo; bang; banglist; bellingham; bellisfair; blaine; gundealer; guns; hamid; hamidmalekpour; hunter; iran; iranian; king; licensedgundealer; malekpour; mall; mcminnville; muslims; oliverking; oregon; passport; passports; seattle; storagelocker; washington
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To: Dayman

LOL

Tell Martha Stewart that.


51 posted on 05/26/2010 8:28:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

Legal for prairie dogs and coyotes year-round here. Engine blocks when in season.


52 posted on 05/26/2010 8:36:18 PM PDT by One Name
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To: MindBender26

I would never want to slander an innocent gun collector, but this guy needs to be scrutinized. If he’s just a big rifle shooter, then I’m sorry. I’m really sorry, and I apologize fully. But if he’s stocking up weapons for terrorists, then doom on you.


53 posted on 05/26/2010 8:41:46 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Sender

Non-citizen buying multiple .50s. An illegal gun store, that seems to keep no retail hours. At least two woggies. Multiple passports.

Doesn’t pass the smell test.

Be well


54 posted on 05/26/2010 8:47:18 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: Myrddin; All

Should be pointed out that not all .50 cal. weapons are chambered for the .50BMG. The .50 BEOWULF, for one, is .50 cal., but the round fits in a standard AR magazine. It’s much shorter, and while powerful doesn’t have anywhere near the oomph of a .50BMG round. I’d guess that there are others, too that are .50 cal. but don’t fit the mold of that “deadly” .50BMG. Would be better to know just what these “police grade sniper rifles” were, exactly. BTW, my own deer rifle is a .308 03A3 action w/Douglas barrel, Fajen stock, variable scope and does a great job on deer successfully for nearly 50 years. Wish I could still go hunting.


55 posted on 05/26/2010 8:47:41 PM PDT by Southbound ("A liar in public life is worse than a full-paid-up Communist, and I don't care who he is." - HST)
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To: alpo
Are police-grade sniper rifles more deadly than assault weapons or High-powered rifles?

Absolutely!

56 posted on 05/26/2010 8:47:43 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: 21twelve; Feasor13; matt1234; Bosun; washingtoncon; Pavegunner72; cherry; aw93472; WeatherGuy; ...
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57 posted on 05/26/2010 8:48:48 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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58 posted on 05/26/2010 8:48:54 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: MindBender26

Also there is the issue of his new passport and his new name. I never change my name. Maybe it’s just me.


59 posted on 05/26/2010 8:49:14 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: NavyCanDo
The left in America will one day realize that FAR more damage can be done by a determined sniper than a crazed gunman with an "AK47".

You can build a military-grade rig for less than $2k and buy the ammo anywhere. With a little practice just about anyone can hit out to 500yds. At that distance it's unlikely anyone will even be able to tell what direction the shot/boom came from.

Interestingly, darn near every politician in America is vulnerable to such a rig except POTUS.

60 posted on 05/26/2010 8:49:49 PM PDT by Mariner (The first Presidential candidate to call for deportation, wins.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

I’m as much a defender of the 2nd amendment as any conservative, but when you have an Iranian cross the border under false pretenses, giving ICE a false statement of why he is entering the country and later after the $30,000 weapons cache is discovered he tells Police he is a hunter, that’s time for me to lower that 2nd amendment shield and ask what the Hell is going on?
He certainly is not bringing those weapons back into Canada , and there would be an Hunting license and game permit on record in Washington if he really was a Hunter. Too many lies to believe he is an honest gun collector and trader.


61 posted on 05/26/2010 9:04:19 PM PDT by NavyCanDo (Palin will see the Potomac from Her House)
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To: Vendome
Hunt with a .50 cal? What?

Actually, I'm not averse to hunting with a .50 cal. In my case it would be my Performance Center S&W 500 Mag revolver. That big old X-frame with a 440 hard cast is more than sufficient for most big game. The BFR revolver in 45-70 is suitable for moose as well. Big bore revolvers are one of my vices.

62 posted on 05/26/2010 9:12:59 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: One Name; Dayman
Who picked his wife up from the Bellingham store after he was arrested?

Why drive 4+ hours down to OR to pick up weapons (with no apparent bill of sale) from a non-existent “Police Supply” store? Wonder if that store has paid business taxes in OR?

Something tipped the Feds off that he was not entirely truthful, but having no probable cause they let him enter the country. And received permission to follow this perp into OR, so the investigators convinced a hire up to let them travel.

IMO, there was probable cause for the arrest, and for holding him based on false statements.

In spite of Holder, there is a reason that we can treat non-citizens differently than citizens.

63 posted on 05/26/2010 9:16:25 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Myrddin

Wow!

For Rino’s?

I need one of those. How much? Would it make an ouwee on a mountain lion. LOL


64 posted on 05/26/2010 9:17:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: NavyCanDo

I am shocked that there are so many here on FR defending this guy? The 2nd amendment is important to us all, but my God take the blinders off see the suspicious clues this Iranian is leaving. I’m not saying he is a terrorist, but laws have already been broken and its vital that the Feds know the whole story on this guy and the guy he bought the guns from in Oregon.


65 posted on 05/26/2010 9:24:42 PM PDT by NavyCanDo (Palin will see the Potomac from Her House)
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To: texas booster
Looks like 5:30 to 6:30 hours based on Google maps.

Long ways past Bellingham.

Nothing illegal in visiting OR from Canada, but lying when entering past Border Patrol is enough to get one held up.

66 posted on 05/26/2010 9:30:05 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: NavyCanDo
He certainly is not bringing those weapons back into Canada , and there would be an Hunting license and game permit on record in Washington if he really was a Hunter. Too many lies to believe he is an honest gun collector and trader.

As Red Ryder would say, "No $___, Little Beaver!"

This guy stinks, and so does his "partner" at the (unlicensed) gun shop.

67 posted on 05/26/2010 9:30:31 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: One Name

LOL. Nice....


68 posted on 05/26/2010 9:34:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Southbound
I've seen uppers for the .50 Beowulf at the Crossroads show at Weber State. The brass is rimless like a .45Auto with straight walls and headspaces on the case mouth. A simple taper crimp is used. A CCI 350 Large Pistal Magnum primer is standard. You can shoot the Speer 300 gr Gold Dot. That's my favorite bullet for plinking with the S&W 500 Magnum revolver. Suffice to say, I put a firm roll crimp on that bullet in the revolver. The Beowulf can launch a 530 gr DG steel tip at the upper end of the weight range. Having fired a 440 hard cast from a 20" T/C Encore 500 S&W Mag barrel, I wouldn't be anxious to try a 530 gr. The recoil would be oppressive and painful.
69 posted on 05/26/2010 9:38:25 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: ApplegateRanch
Gun Store website:

http://mchps.com/2001.html

Not much to go by, but a By Appointment Only indicates a very low volume retail gun store.

And having a real estate agent down the hall receive packages that may contain ammo or weapons? Is that a violation of FFL rules?

70 posted on 05/26/2010 9:43:41 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster
“Nothing illegal in visiting OR from Canada, but lying when entering past Border Patrol is enough to get one held up.”

I have a feeling the news story does not tell all. There was enough red flags for the Feds to follow this guy all the way to Oregon. That goes waaaaay beyond being “held up” at the border.

71 posted on 05/26/2010 9:43:47 PM PDT by NavyCanDo (Palin will see the Potomac from Her House)
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To: texas booster

The gun store web site is under construction.


72 posted on 05/26/2010 9:46:27 PM PDT by NavyCanDo (Palin will see the Potomac from Her House)
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To: Vendome
I recall paying about $1200 and waiting over 10 months to get that Performance Center Hunter Magnum. Later, I picked up the 460 S&W Mag version. That one needs a trip back to S&W as there was a recall on some of the German made barrels. No problem, as I picked up the 4" 460 Mag revolver. I like that very much. You must shoot bullets made for the pressures of 500 S&W Mag or 460 S&W Mag in either of these revolvers because of the compensators. The plated bullet will spin off the plating and spatter metal bits on your face and neck. Shooting proper ammo in a cold environment (+40F plus wind) rewards you with a stinging face from the muzzle blast. I like all 3 of those revolvers. There's nothing quite like hitting big steel spinners at 50 yards. The 460 is pretty flat out to 200 yds.
73 posted on 05/26/2010 10:13:51 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: NavyCanDo

Where did he get the new passport with a fake name?


74 posted on 05/26/2010 11:20:04 PM PDT by Just Lori (To take our country back, we need to take our party back. NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: Dayman

He is not a US citizen and these people want to kill us. How many red flags do you need?


75 posted on 05/26/2010 11:26:59 PM PDT by Just Lori (To take our country back, we need to take our party back. NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: Myrddin

Maybe he’s looking for bigfoot. /s


76 posted on 05/26/2010 11:30:11 PM PDT by Just Lori (To take our country back, we need to take our party back. NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: NavyCanDo

Many of them are determined to do whatever they can to kill Americans. This guy SHOULD be scrutinized.


77 posted on 05/26/2010 11:36:47 PM PDT by Just Lori (To take our country back, we need to take our party back. NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: Sender

40 years ago, at the singles bars, a new name every week!

:)


78 posted on 05/27/2010 1:22:34 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: Vendome

Martha Stewart was grossly wronged. That doesn’t mean that the concept of innocent until proven guilty is dead or should be abandoned. Part of her problem was that she talked to the investigators instead of choosing to remain silent.


79 posted on 05/27/2010 8:35:40 AM PDT by Dayman (My 1919a4 is named Charlotte. When I light her up she has the voice of an angel.)
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To: Dayman

And here the defendant talked to a Federal Agent, they determined that he was lying and followed him.

He is in the country illegally, under an assumed name and possible false identity. Not Cool, At All.

The concept of innocent until proven guilty requires evidence and a chain of responsibility for said evidence.

If there is no evidence or they fail to secure the evidence, how then would our justice system maintain its reasonable integrity?

If the evidence were to mysteriously disappear because it was never in the custody of the Agents and a chain of custody was not maintained, then there could be no case and they would have to let the man roam free.

The Martha Stewart example was a joke and I had hoped you would see it. I personally don’t think lying to a Federal Officer should have the punitive effect of lying under oath.

But, there it is. The government had no case regarding her stock transaction and only pursued and prevailed on lying to Federal Agent.

Total Joke.


80 posted on 05/27/2010 1:28:37 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome
Illegal alien? Please post or link to a story that says that because what is posted here is that he entered legally through a checkpoint. There is also nothing regarding an intent to reside in the US, a key component to being an alien as opposed to a visitor on a day (or longer) visa which are freely available at the border checkpoints. Absent another data source you are assuming facts not in evidence.

The passport provided was valid. Whether it was illegally obtained has yet to be determined. The 2nd passport was canceled which makes it irrelevant (and not illegal to possess) regardless of who it was issued to.

My bone of contention is that the firearms have nothing to do with the arrest and, so far, have not been demonstrated to be illegal. Pre-emptive confiscation of legally held arms is a frightening concept I don't want to happen in this country, regardless of who they are taken off of.

We are in agreement that what happened to Martha Stewart was a travesty. They went after her because of who she was, not what she did (allegedly)

81 posted on 05/27/2010 5:11:58 PM PDT by Dayman (My 1919a4 is named Charlotte. When I light her up she has the voice of an angel.)
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To: Dayman
Nope. They allowed him to enter the U.S. under an assumed name on a foreign passport and found his original. But, hey, if you like: An Iranian Attempting to enter the U.S, With a passport given to him on that day, Under and assumed name(He begins the process of being in this country illegally with that passport) Another passport that is found in the car, in direct contravention to his story "It was washed in the laundry" Three Visas to enter Iran He did not have a day pass Visa to enter the U.S. "You are assuming facts that don't exist" A now "Illegal" Alien storing guns, in a storage locker, in the U.S. tsk, tsk.... Taken in toto, you have the ability to create a narrative(sorry you don't agree but, the government will make up a remarkable story when they want) and you now have a criminal alien(Now illegal) with guns and no longer has a FFL. Whose side are you on? America's or theirs? So now I read your post further and you are plain dumb, period. It looks like you have been doing your research to bolster your lame claims. The second passport was cancelled and is irrelevant? LOL, dude! He used that passport to gain admission to the U.S.! They found the first passport and allowed him to enter, under suspicion and trailed him. AND YES! A SECOND PASSPORT, UNDER A FALSE IDENTITY, IS IN FACT, 100% AGAINST THE LAW. (pssst, don't ask a Mexican though, people are not illegal) Taking the arms is part of the process of an investigation. Chain of custody, etc, blah, blah, as I discussed before.
The Iranian native also lied about why he had a new Canadian passport just issued that morning, the complaint said. He told border guards that his old one had gone through the wash, but agents found it during a secondary inspectionwith no water damage. The old one, which was not set to expire until 2013, had been canceled, but it was not immediately clear why.
 
Hmm.... It was cancelled to conceal his new identity?
Bottom Line for me, is it will play out in the courts and he isn't an American. He should know better than to play games. F Him...
82 posted on 05/27/2010 9:14:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: texas booster

I’d expect the same if I gave a shady reason to go to Canada. Be like saying I was going fishing with no reservations, no poles and oh by the way I have to pick up my wife at Canadian Tire.


83 posted on 05/27/2010 9:33:24 PM PDT by One Name
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To: alpo

They are, after all, Police Grade!


84 posted on 05/30/2010 10:56:38 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: All

http://media.komonews.com/images/100526_Oliver_King.jpg

#

UPDATE:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/95465329.html

Story Published: Jun 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM PDT Story Updated: Jun 2, 2010 at 7:16 PM PDT

SEATTLE —

SNIPPET: “Upon searching his car, agents found King’s original passport, which has three visas for Iran and lists King’s name as Hamid Malekpour.”

SNIPPET: “The cache of weapons found inside the storage unit included: two .308 caliber rifles, three .300 caliber rifles, one .50 BMG caliber rifle, two .223 caliber carbine, six .223 caliber rifles, one 9mm handgun, one .45 caliber handgun, three 10 mm handgun, two 12 gauge shotguns, one 21 handgun, one 22. caliber firearm, one MGA2 rifle, and two additional unspecified firearm.

Investigators also found approximately 152 .223 caliber magazines, some 1,100 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and about 559 rounds of .50 BMG caliber ammunition.”


85 posted on 06/03/2010 1:23:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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