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Former Lejeune Marines charged with conspiring to sell hard-to-trace guns

Posted October 27, 2020 3:03 p.m. EDT
Updated October 27, 2020 5:02 p.m. EDT

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— Two former Camp Lejeune Marines and an Idaho man have been charged with participating in a money-making conspiracy to build hard-to-trace firearms and distribute them in North Carolina, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Liam Montgomery Collins, 21, Jordan Duncan, 25, and Paul James Kryscuk, 35, of Boise, Idaho, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture firearms and ship them interstate. Collins and Kryscuk also are charged with interstate transportation of firearms without a license and interstate transportation of a firearm not registered as required.

Collins and Duncan, who were at Camp Lejeune while in the service, now live in Boise.

Court documents say the conspiracy involved Collins and Kryscuk manufacturing and selling hard-to-obtain firearms and firearm parts so purchasers of the weapons would be unknown to government authorities.

Authorities say Duncan was aware of the conspiracy and participated in it.

Since May 2019, Collins made multiple money transfers through his personal account to Kryscuk to purchase firearms, including a 9mm pistol and suppressor – it's commonly referred to as a silencer – and a short-barrel rifle, authorities said. In turn, Kryscuk purchased items from vendors to manufacture the firearms and suppressors, which are highly regulated in the U.S.

Authorities said Kryscuk, using an alias, mailed weapons from Idaho to Jacksonville, N.C., near Camp Lejeune. Documents also say Kryscuk shipped the short-barreled rifle to Collins in Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Judge Ronald E. Bush in Boise said he did not have a timeline for when the U.S. Marshals Service would transfer all three men back to North Carolina to face the charges.

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