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Published February 07, 2013, 10:35 AM

Gun Smuggling Suspect Nabbed in Grand Forks

A Fort Francis, Ont., man has been arrested in Grand Forks in connection with a gun-smuggling investigation between the United States and Canada.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

A Fort Francis, Ont., man has been arrested in Grand Forks in connection with a gun-smuggling investigation between the United States and Canada.

Shawn Hartnell was taken into custody during a sting involving Royal Canadian Mounted Police at a Grand Forks hotel, according to a report from KFGO Radio.

According to U.S. District Court documents, Hartnell told undercover agents last April that he could provide fully automatic assault rifles for $4,000.

Hartnell allegedly told the agents that the guns could be smuggled into Canada on a snowmobile.

After agents paid $24,000 for six guns, Hartnell was arrested.

Hartnell is facing three charges. At least two other people are believed to be part of the conspiracy, according to the report.

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