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Weapons seized from Raleigh home in smuggling probe

Posted January 14, 2011 4:02 p.m. EST

— Federal authorities seized firearms from the north Raleigh home of a woman whose son is suspected of smuggling firearms to England, according to a search warrant released Friday.

Steven Neal Greenoe was arrested in July on charges that he was taking firearms overseas without an export license and that he didn't declare to airline workers that he had weapons in his checked bags.

Greenoe, who grew up in Raleigh, is a former Marine who now lives in England.

British authorities investigating illegal gun sales tipped off federal agents about a possible link to Greenoe, and authorities found ammunition and disassembled pistols in his luggage as he was about to board a flight to New York.

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

During a Wednesday search of Mary Greenoe's home at 8933 Windjammer Drive, authorities seized three handguns, two shotguns, a rifle, cases for carrying firearms and various documents, according to the search warrant.