GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — 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 and 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.

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Ghanem’s attorney, Robert Bonsib, said his client maintains his innocence but called the sentence fair considering the jury verdict and government’s request for a longer sentence.

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