Retired U.S. Airman arrested in Guam for smuggling firearms


California Air Force veteran was arrested in Guam and ordered to return to the state for firearm smuggling charges.

The US. Attorney’s Office filed a petition for writ of removal for Elmer Cuares, a retired US Air Force serviceman and mechanic with Jet Blue airlines who was arrested in Guam on November 17.

According to an indictment, Cuares shipped three handguns, a semi-automatic rifle and other weapons accessories to the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, an area known for Islamic Militant groups and violent unrest.

The Philippines Bureau of Customs claim the weapons were allegedly smuggled inside of a motorcycle and two tractors, which were inside of a large shipping container.  The container also contained  other items such as flashlights, tool boxes, and other metal objects.

The Pacific Daily News reports that the weapons smuggled into the Philippines include a Ruger LC380, an STI .40 caliber handgun, a Glock 42 and a Spikes Tactical AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Cuares had no authorization or licensing to export guns, illegally skirting around a State Department requirement.  On Friday, he was released from custody and ordered to report to the U.S. Probation Office.  He has until December 19 to surrender in California.

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