July 17, 2013
A North Carolina man has been sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to smuggle shotguns hidden inside a cut-up luxury vehicle to Egypt.
26-year-old Muhaned Abbas Mohamed of Greensboro, NC. was sentenced in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty back in February.
Court documents show that on Sept. 21, 2011, U.S. Customs received a report from Greensboro police that a shipping container sent by Nihal Auto Sales was headed to Egypt with contraband.
Inspectors located that container at the port in Norfolk. Inside, they found six pistol grip shotguns wrapped in plastic and hidden inside the rear seat of a Lexus SUV.
Three motorcycles also were included in the shipment, marked as used parts.