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Fayetteville man sentenced for bringing guns to Kosovo

Posted July 22, 2011

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— A Kosovo native living in Fayetteville has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for trying to bring firearms with him on two trips to his homeland.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said Thursday that Ramadan Rama, 40, will also pay a $4,000 fine.

Prosecutors said Rama tried to smuggle pistols with him on two trips to visit his family last year. The weapons were disassembled and wrapped in aluminum foil or hidden in a bid to elude detection.

Both times he got the guns past security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, but the weapons were caught during baggage checks at airports in Kosovo and Austria, prosecutors said.

Court documents stated that Rama brought the weapons to protect family members who had been victims of violence in the former Yugoslavian territory, which experienced a civil war in the 1990s.


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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jul 22, 2011

    There should be nothing wrong with taking guns out of country.

  • ORMA Jul 22, 2011

    Hmmmm. A couple of things wrong here. US Airport security didn't catch the guns in the baggage? How exactly did that happen with so much tax payer money being thrown at airport security?

    Also, he was only fined $4,000. How much did it cost to hold him till trial and then try him? His fine should at least cover those costs. Oh, wait. That would involve using common sense and proper business sense.

  • fishon Jul 22, 2011

    Both times he got the guns past security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, but the weapons were caught during baggage checks at airports in Kosovo and Austria, prosecutors said.

    Both times he got the guns got past security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Huh?

  • lawncare5 Jul 22, 2011

    If he was taking them to another country, why are we charging him?? If the other country don't like it, let them charge him..

  • bowslinger70 Jul 22, 2011

    Gooseye--Great Post, best I have seen yet. Thanks !!

  • Gooseye Jul 22, 2011

    @deton8tr, exactly how I feel.

    This is what happens when you have oppressive gun control laws in these European countries, only the criminals & governments have weapons and the little guy is left to fend for himself. Nazi Germany had these types of gun control laws. They're great for keeping the population in line!
    I'm so glad our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to give us our 2nd Amendment rights. But we must keep on fighting to protect them as they are slowly being eroded away.

    Mol┼Źn labe!

  • Legally Here Jul 22, 2011

    probrably in luggage and not carry on

  • KermitDFrog Jul 22, 2011

    The more likely scenario is that because he is Muslim, he gets extra scrutiny in Kosovo and Austria. Those countries don't care if you scream "profiling". In many European countries, if you're Muslim, your luggage is getting a more thorough screening (they don't have the European Civil Liberties Union).

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 22, 2011

    I sure hope the airport screening folks look into this. Aluminum foil? Really????

  • ConcernedNCC Jul 22, 2011

    I'm interested in why he wasn't caught in the US when he boarded with the guns in his luggage...