Evanston Man Pleads Guilty To Gun-Exporting Scheme: Feds

Steve Miller
October 12, 2018 - 8:11 pm

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 (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Federal prosecutors say an Evanston man has pleaded guilty to trying to illegally send almost two dozen guns to Haiti.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports.

The U.S Attorney's Office in Chicago said 45-year-old Patrick Germain has admitted that he tried to send 16 handguns, 5 shotguns, a rifle and ammunition to Haiti -- by way of Miami -- in 2016.

Germain allegedly built a plywood container, put the guns in it and placed the container in a cargo van. When a Florida shipping company asked him why the cargo van weighed so much, he told them there was furniture in the back, prosecutors said.

Germain's sentencing is set for January. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.