GREENBELT, Md. — A Virginia man has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for attempting to illegally export guns and gun sights to Lebanon.

Sam Rafic Ghanem of Springfield, Virginia, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal court judge in Maryland. He was also ordered to pay a nearly $71,000 fine. Ghanem, who was born in Lebanon, owned and operated a freight forwarding and shipping service in District Heights, Maryland. Prosecutors say he attempted to export 10 pistols, 10 AR-15 rifles and 18 optic gun sights by concealing them inside the cut-up parts of salvaged vehicles and then loading them into a shipping container. The items were provided by an FBI source.

A telephone message seeking comment left early Thursday at Ghanem’s attorney’s office was not immediately returned.

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