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Ex-Marine, Steve Greenoe, faces gun smuggling trial

Raleigh native charged with smuggling guns to England

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A former Marine faces trial in the United States accused of smuggling more than 60 handguns into Britain in his luggage.

Steven Greenoe, 37, is alleged to have imported at least 66 weapons into the country from his home in North Carolina.

Police fear many of the guns, which included Glock and Ruger 9mm pistols, were sold to criminal gangs in north-west England.

One drive-by shooting in Wythenshawe, Manchester, last October, in which a man was hit in the leg, allegedly involved a gun linked to Greenoe.

Documents posted in US courts reveal the suspected gun runner was stopped by security staff but talked his way on to a flight. He claimed to be an arms salesman returning from a gun show and that the broken-down weapons parts were harmless dummy samples.

Former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism chief Andy Hayman said details of the case are “genuinely shocking”.

Writing in a national newspaper, he said: “This makes a mockery of the stringent checks we all endure at US airports, such as removing our shoes and belts, having our toothpaste confiscated and all the other irritants. Steven Greenoe’s guns could just have easily been bombs.”

Greenoe, who lived with his British wife Elizabeth in Frankwell, Shrewsbury, styled himself online as a “security and investigations” specialist. Investigators have linked him to 10 flights that flew to Manchester via Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Atlanta last year.

The latest indictment posted in a North Carolina court outlines how he is accused of illegally buying and exporting firearms. Greenoe, who remains in custody, is due to go on trial in the United States Eastern District Court of North Carolina in March.

Greenoe was also charged with making false statements at a string of gun shops across the US state. The offences took place between February and July last year and involve 63 weapons sold for around 500 US dollars (£316) each.

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January 25, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , | Leave a comment

Raleigh man charged with smuggling 70 firearms to England

Investigators: Gun-smuggling operation based in North Carolina

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RALEIGH — A former Marine and Raleigh man was in federal court today, accused of smuggling 70 firearms over the last five months to England, where he is now living.

Steven Greenoe was stopped by local federal agents Sunday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport trying to fly back to Manchester, England, according to Tony Bell, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who
testified in the federal courthouse in Raleigh this morning about the case.

The agents found 16 firearms that had been been broken down in various parts in Greenoe’s checked luggage, Bell said. Greenoe claimed he had purchased the guns to bring back to England and then sell to employees of a maritime security company he said he ran to protect ships traveling through dangerous seas and subject to pirate raids, Bell said.

Federal agents think Greenoe was making frequent trips to the Raleigh area and was using a concealed carry license he received in the state to buy multiple guns at once, which he would then put in his checked luggage on
return trips to England, Bell said.

Greenoe grew up in Raleigh and then served as an infantryman in the Marines before being medically discharged for an injured knee, according to statements made in court by his mother, Mary Greenoe, and his lawyer.

Greenoe did not speak during this morning’s hearing. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Webb ruled that Greenoe should remain jailed, denying a request made by Greenoe’s lawyer that he be released to stay with his mother, a
longtime Raleigh resident.

Greenoe, 36, came to the attention of local federal agents when agents in the United Kingdom conducting a larger weapons investigation came across three guns brought by an undercover agent, said Bell. The guns were traced to
Greenoe, he said.

Those firearms all had the serial numbers removed, and had been bought in North Carolina days earlier, Bell said.

None of the weapons were declared nor did Greenoe have the export license needed to bring firearms out of the United States, Bell said.

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