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LA Times By ALEJANDRA REYES-VELARDE 7/18/2019

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has admitted to running an illegal gun operation, authorities said.

Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs was arrested Feb. 5 after an investigation involving undercover officers to whom Xu sold three guns out of the trunk of his car, including an “off-roster” pistol not certified for sale in California, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

He has been on unpaid administrative leave since his arrest and will be fired, said Ciaran McEvoy, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

In court Wednesday, Xu pleaded guilty to illegally selling guns on the internet, some of which he obtained by using his power as a law enforcement official, and to creating a fake company to avoid paying taxes, prosecutors said. He also pleaded guilty to illegally possessing unregistered firearms and making false statements to a federal agency about his involvement with a Chinese company to get a secret-level security clearance.

More: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-07-18/customs-agent-at-long-beach-port-admits-selling-guns-illegally
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For the terminally curious and puzzled, "Xu" is pronounced something like "shoe". Why "shoe" is pronounced as it is is a phonetic mystery to me. Anyway ...

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When investigators searched Xu’s home in February, they found more than 250 weapons, including 41 machine guns and two short-barreled rifles. None was registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, officials said.

Given the MSM's lengthy history of ignorance and falsehoods where guns are concerned, I'm skeptical about the LAT's words, "including 41 machine guns". Were they really true automatics? Or just really scary looking?
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https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/former-customs-and-border-protection-officer-pleads-guilty-federal-charges-running

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A search of Xu’s residence on February 5 recovered more than 250 firearms, including 41 fully-automatic firearms or machineguns and two additional short-barreled rifles – all of which never were registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as required by federal law.
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