CEDAR RAPIDS — Four members of a Cedar Rapids family conspired to hide caches of guns and ammunition bound for Beirut among boxes of goods collected in a company’s clothing drive for Syria and Lebanon, authorities said Tuesday.
Federal officials said they intercepted two shipments that had originated in Cedar Rapids, seizing more than 152 guns and ammunition.
It was not disclosed who the weapons were intended for in Lebanon.
A federal complaint examined by The Gazette paints a picture of a conspiracy that came to light last year when an unnamed firearms dealer in Eastern Iowa became suspicious of large purchases of handguns, rifles and ammunition and tipped off authorities.
When you treat people like decent human beings instead of suspects or coerce them into “helping” because you want to be in front of the news cameras or are looking for political brownie points, you get results.