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Huge Weapons Shipment Seized At Port
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Posted on 07/10/2003 12:34:11 PM PDT by chance33_98

Huge Weapons Shipment Seized At Port

PORTLAND - Federal officials announced late Wednesday the seizure of possibly the largest shipment of weapons ever found in the northwest from Terminal Six at the Port of Portland. Officials with the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and extension of the Department of Homeland Security said inspectors seized more than 700 handguns, 900 magazines, and 450 shotguns from a container at the port on June 28.

The CBP said the shipment was bound for Central America, and originated in the People's Republic of China. Authorities say they learned of the shipment before it even arrived at the port. Officials said the seizure did not come as part of the federal investigation of arms shipments to Iran.

CBP officials plan to discuss what they found and how the shipment was tracked down at an afternoon press conference at the port.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: arms; armssmuggling; bang; banglist; bcbp; ca; cbp; centralamerica; china; chinese; dhs; hls; interdiction; latinamerica; portland; portsecurity; redchina; sa; samerica; seaportsecurity; shotguns; smallarms; smuggling; southamerica; weapons; weaponssmuggling

1 posted on 07/10/2003 12:34:12 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
Huge Weapons Shipment Seized At Port

They misspelled "hugh." This could be series...VEY SERIES!

2 posted on 07/10/2003 12:36:21 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.)
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To: Poohbah
DOH! My Bad :)
3 posted on 07/10/2003 12:37:28 PM PDT by chance33_98 (http://home.frognet.net/~thowell/haunt/ ---->our ghosty page)
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To: Travis McGee; Jeff Head; harpseal; Squantos; Noumenon
Perhaps of interest. The ChiComs smuggling arms to Latin America? Naw, couldn't be.
4 posted on 07/10/2003 12:38:09 PM PDT by Joe Brower ("Oh, bother", said Pooh, as he chambered another round.)
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To: chance33_98
Central America? Would that be Chicago or St. Louis?
5 posted on 07/10/2003 12:38:23 PM PDT by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar Div Viet Nam '69 & '70 Semper Fi)
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To: chance33_98
The CBP said the shipment was bound for Central America, and originated in the People's Republic of China.

Which Central American country?

Is it possible for there to be a "Huge Weapons Shipment" from China without the consent of the Chinese government?

6 posted on 07/10/2003 12:39:59 PM PDT by Tai_Chung
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To: chance33_98
Were these weapons to be stored near Panama?
7 posted on 07/10/2003 12:40:01 PM PDT by NorseWood
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8 posted on 07/10/2003 12:40:09 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: chance33_98
Wouldn't be bound for Muslims in America now would it? Nawwwww...religion of peace
9 posted on 07/10/2003 12:40:21 PM PDT by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar Div Viet Nam '69 & '70 Semper Fi)
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To: Tai_Chung
Is it possible for there to be a "Huge Weapons Shipment" from China without the consent of the Chinese government?

Freelancers could organize their own deal and pocket the proceeds for themselves instead of PLA, Inc. getting it.

10 posted on 07/10/2003 12:41:08 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.)
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To: Tai_Chung
Is it possible for there to be a "Huge Weapons Shipment" from China without the consent of the Chinese government?

Depends on how you define "government". China has a very old and active smuggler tradition, and plenty of organized crime. So yeah, probably customs inspectors and others are bribed to look the other way. But that is not the same as policy.

11 posted on 07/10/2003 12:41:53 PM PDT by dark_lord (The Statue of Liberty now holds a baseball bat and she's yelling 'You want a piece of me?')
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To: chance33_98
Is this considered illegal, or merely a curiosity?

(There are LOTS of weapons imports from China to the US. LOTS.)
12 posted on 07/10/2003 12:42:41 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: chance33_98
.......inspectors seized more than 700 handguns, 900 magazines, and 450 shotguns from a container at the port on June 28.

?.....this 'throw-down' catch from China is a bad 'joke', right?

Maybe, the real shipment.....700,000...900,000........450,000.........got through undetected?

THAT.....would be 'huge'.

IMO

13 posted on 07/10/2003 12:45:25 PM PDT by maestro
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To: kellynla; chance33_98
IMO, China = communists = enemy of the US. The sooner the average Joe figures this out the sooner we get to put an end to the real puppeteers.
14 posted on 07/10/2003 12:46:42 PM PDT by Kudsman (LETS GET IT ON!!! The price of freedom is vigilance. Tyranny is free of charge.)
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To: Kudsman
Won't get any argument out of me. I had enough experience and saw the intelligence first hand in Nam to know who was backing the NVA and the VC.
15 posted on 07/10/2003 12:49:28 PM PDT by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar Div Viet Nam '69 & '70 Semper Fi)
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To: maestro
Huge?? What's so huge about 700 handguns, 900 magazines, and 450 shotguns. Most mid-size police departments have more firearms in inventory.

If I went to a weekend gun show that had as few as this number, I'd feel I wasted my time. Huge to Ma Brady maybe as she wants them all banned and confiscated.
16 posted on 07/10/2003 12:49:41 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: Poohbah
Those weapon smugglers are such loosers.
17 posted on 07/10/2003 12:50:59 PM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: chance33_98
There's more to this story than what's in the article. Was this a legal shipment between the Chinese and some central American country or business? The Chicoms export weapons legally all the time. If so, why were they seized...just because the ship parked in Portland on the way? I would hope that there was some illegal component to this shipment. Golly gee, handguns and shotguns. That sounds dangerous! Why, they could hit any American city from 20 yards away!
18 posted on 07/10/2003 12:56:43 PM PDT by Sender
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To: RicocheT
You ARE correct!!
19 posted on 07/10/2003 12:58:52 PM PDT by maestro
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To: *bang_list
Bang!
20 posted on 07/10/2003 1:01:47 PM PDT by Taipei Personality
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To: Sender
exactly what i thought
21 posted on 07/10/2003 1:14:10 PM PDT by Ford Fairlane
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To: Poohbah
Shotguns and pistols are quite useful in when one is fighting in jungles. Lots of jungles (or rain forests) in Central and South America.
22 posted on 07/10/2003 1:23:20 PM PDT by hchutch (The National League needs to adopt the designated hitter rule.)
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To: Sender; Jeff Head
Indeed.
23 posted on 07/10/2003 1:26:46 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: chance33_98
Its not like its illegal for one country to sell weapons to another, especially small arms.
24 posted on 07/10/2003 1:46:51 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Joe Brower
Perhaps of interest. The ChiComs smuggling arms to Latin America? Naw, couldn't be.

The ChiComs now own run the Panama Canal. Wonder if there's a connection?

25 posted on 07/10/2003 2:24:17 PM PDT by upchuck (Contribute to "Republicans for Al Sharpton for President in 2004." Dial 1-800-SLAPTHADONKEY :)
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To: chance33_98
why would the chi coms go through Portland to smuggle such a "HUGE" (zzzzzzz)
amount of small arms to Central America
When they effectively own Panama and the Bahamas have friends in low places like Venzuala Cuba Brazil Columbia etc etc etc
26 posted on 07/10/2003 2:35:13 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: joesnuffy
Perhaps the "chi coms" wanted to be sure someone "special" in the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) got credit and a promotion that would make "him" more useful for larger more critically important shipments in the future. Hmmm.
27 posted on 07/10/2003 3:02:04 PM PDT by toddst
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To: chance33_98
ABC radio news just reported that the contents of the shipping container containing the guns were labeled as "Rainbow Trout".
28 posted on 07/10/2003 4:02:46 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Poohbah
900 copies of Playboy???
29 posted on 07/10/2003 4:04:11 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: billhilly
I bet they were evil "high capacity" magazines
30 posted on 07/10/2003 5:56:47 PM PDT by conservativefromGa (www.awbansunset.com)
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To: ladtx
Not necessarily. The thieves have been identified in the article as "US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)". Identifying the crooks is half the battle.
31 posted on 07/10/2003 9:41:12 PM PDT by TERMINATTOR (Don't tread on me!)
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To: joesnuffy
Now you're really playing strategery!
32 posted on 07/10/2003 9:48:36 PM PDT by The Westerner
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To: TERMINATTOR
...... The thieves have been identified in the article as "US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)". Identifying the crooks is half the battle.

I doubt if ANY of them are themselves Legal American Citizens ala National Air Port Security!

Go 'INS' Go!

/sarcasm

33 posted on 07/11/2003 4:01:09 AM PDT by maestro
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To: toddst
Perhaps the "chi coms" wanted to be sure someone "special" in the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) got credit and a promotion that would make "him" more useful for larger more critically important shipments in the future. Hmmm.

The Cubans did that on behalf of the spy Elena Montes - who was arrested just days after 911 as she was phoning home to Havana.

Seems she made great gains when she very conveniently bagged some interviews of Cuban generals during a trip to Cuba; made her look very good and so she ended up in a position to write assessments of Cuba's military which downplayed their capabilities and reach. No one thought to ask, I suppose, how she was able to swing chances to talk to Cuban brass.

34 posted on 12/22/2003 1:59:11 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Alamo-Girl; Jeff Head
fyi
35 posted on 12/22/2003 2:00:59 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
Thanks for the ping!
36 posted on 12/23/2003 12:25:10 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: chance33_98
...700 handguns, 900 magazines, and 450 shotguns...

Big deal.

When they start finding these:

Or these:

Or these:

Then these stories will be worth reading.

37 posted on 12/23/2003 12:57:23 AM PST by Screaming_Gerbil (Let's Roll...)
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