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Raleigh native sentenced to 10 years for gun smuggling

Posted January 10, 2012

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— A Raleigh native and former Marine who pleaded guilty last March to smuggling dozens of pistols from the U.S. to England has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Steven Neal Greenoe will also have three years of probation once he's released and must use his prison earnings to pay child support for his twin sons, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. He was facing up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

In exchange for federal prosecutors dropping 48 other weapons charges against him, he pleaded guilty to one count each of transporting guns outside the U.S. without an export license and falsifying a federal form.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Greenoe in July 2010 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after finding ammunition and disassembled pistols in his luggage as he was about to board a flight to New York.

Steven Greenoe at court Raleigh native gets 10 years for smuggling pistols to UK

Federal agents said Greenoe, a former Marine who lived in England, smuggled more than 60 handguns through security at RDU on nine other flights in 2010 in the same way – by taking them apart and putting the pieces in his checked baggage.

Greenoe told investigators that he worked as an international security consultant and was trying to outfit his employees with quality weapons for assignments in hazardous areas, such as the pirate-infested waters off eastern Africa.

Authorities also seized weapons, ammunition and boxes for handguns from two Raleigh homes owned by Greenoe's mother.

Steven Greenoe at court Raleigh native gets 10 years for smuggling pistols to UK

The Times of London newspaper reported that one gun linked to Greenoe was used in a drive-by shooting in Manchester, England, and that members of British street gangs were selling other weapons.

The newspaper also reported that two men were arrested in England on gun trafficking charges in the case, and that British authorities were trying to track dozens of guns that Greenoe was alleged to have brought into the country.

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  • westernwake1 Jan 11, 2012

    "Most crimes rates are otherwise very similar to that of the US." - haggis basher

    I posted information on the violent crime rates in the UK vs. the US earlier in this thread. All the reports available indicate that the violent crime rate in the UK is 4 to 5 times higher than in the U.S. This is comparing apples to apples. I defy you to find statistical information that states otherwise.

    I spent a good portion of early 2011 working in the UK; the high crime rate in the UK compared to other nations was in the papers and news every day.

    The only crime that is lower in the UK than the US is the percentage of murders by guns.

  • haggis basher Jan 11, 2012

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196941/The-violent-country-Europe-Britain-worse-South-Africa-U-S.html

    pity you didn't mention that you are not comparing apples with apples

    "But criminologists say crime figures can be affected by many factors, including different criminal justice systems and differences in how crime is reported and measured.
    "In Britain, an affray is considered a violent crime, while in other countries it will only be logged if a person is physically injured."

  • haggis basher Jan 11, 2012

    "So if the UK has more violent crime than the U.S. that is even MORE reason you don't introduce more guns to the criminals as was the case here."

    It doesn't. For example murder rate is only 1/4 of that of the USA.
    Most crimes rates are otherwise very similar to that of the US.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 11, 2012

    Its amazing how Obama is to blame for everything...have really forgotten about Bush? History is destined to repeat itself. Legalize it.

    this ones for you Crumps Br0ther
    I havent forgotten, but he has been out of office for 3+ years now. This is Obama's reign and he needs to be held accountable now. I was referring to the double standards. If you feel better when whining about republicans make sure you vote one in next time around.

  • Disabled Vet Jan 11, 2012

    Do the crime, do the time. Time to put his "Big Boy" bloomers on and be a man!

  • Ripcord Jan 10, 2012

    "suspended sentence overturned on appeal."

    What sentence will Eric Holder get?

  • wrx44 Jan 10, 2012

    So if the UK has more violent crime than the U.S. that is even MORE reason you don't introduce more guns to the criminals as was the case here.

  • independent_thinker Jan 10, 2012

    ".smuggling weapons into Mexico and supplying the drug gangs"

    I recall Ollie North smuggling weapons to Iran - the GOP ran him as a Republican Senate candidate in VA - suspended sentence overturned on appeal. He told the Senate that Reagan's National Security Advisor told him to lie.

  • One Term Governor Jan 10, 2012

    Its amazing how Obama is to blame for everything...have really forgotten about Bush? History is destined to repeat itself. Legalize it.

    this ones for you Crumps Br0ther.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 10, 2012

    Simply amazing....Nomobama's boy, Eric Holder and the ATF get caught doing the SAME THING

    It's different when Democrats do it. They don't want anyone to own a gun and in order to do that they have to break a few eggs as it were.

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