Bergen County men charged with selling guns stolen from family of Saddam Hussein
Two Bergen County men were arrested Thursday on charges they tried to sell guns that may have once belonged to the family of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The firearms, including semi-automatic pistols, 12 gauge shotguns and magnum revolvers, were appraised at between $250,000 and $350,000.According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, federal agents determined that 48-year-old David Phillip Ryan, of Miami, Fla., contacted a Pittsburgh, Pa. man, 52-year-old Karlo Sauer, to appraise the guns. In turn, Sauer passed information on to 74-year-old Fort Lee resident Howard Blumenthal and Carlos Quirola-Ordonez, 55, of New Milford, in an effort to find a buyer. As the guns were shopped, they were stored in an unnamed sporting goods store in Ridgefield.According to the criminal complaint, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq later confirmed that the guns were the property of Iraq, and warrants for Ryan, Sauer, Blumenthal and Quirola-Ordonez were issued. Each is charged with conspiracy to transport stolen firearms and conspiracy to sell and receive stolen property. Ryan is also charged with an additional count of unlawful mailing of firearms.
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