Haitian Gun Smuggling Has Been Stopped

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Two Haitian men in northeast Florida have been accused of smuggling 13 guns to their Caribbean homeland.

According to federal court records, Niyo Baptisme and Jude Fontus had plans to smuggle more than 100 other weapons to Haiti.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/NnrF8k ) reports that the men were being held without bail pending a detention hearing Monday.

The men were arrested after a one-month investigation by Jacksonville-based agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to court records, the men told undercover federal agents that the guns were being sent to a security company.

Authorities said 13 guns the men bought in April were smuggled to Haiti by boat in a box of books.

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