Man Sentenced to Prison for Gun Smuggling Scheme

He unlawfully purchased the guns in New Hampshire.

A man has been sentenced in New Hampshire to serve over two years in prison for a scheme in which he unlawfully bought firearms in the state and smuggled them to Ghana.

Court documents say 53-year-old Joel Tetteh, a citizen of Ghana and Canada, bought six handguns from a licensed firearms dealer in Hooksett in 2014 and 2015. He filled out a form saying he was a resident of Merrimack, New Hampshire. Authorities discovered he actually was in Worcester, Massachusetts. Federal law would have prohibited the sale because he wasn't a resident of New Hampshire.

Tetteh pleaded guilty in September to charges of making material false statements during the acquisition of a firearm; making false statements during the purchase of a firearm; and smuggling goods from the United States.

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