Citizen of Canada, Ghana sentenced for gun smuggling in NH
CONCORD — A citizen of Canada and Ghana has been sentenced for his role in buying guns and smuggling them from New Hampshire to Ghana.
Joel A. Tetteh, 53, of Ghana and Canada, bought a total of six handguns from a federally licensed dealer in Hooksett on April 29, 2014, Oct. 29, 2014, and May 6, 2015. When filling out paperwork for the guns, Tetteh claimed to a resident of Merrimack.
An investigation found that Tetteh was living in Worcester, Massachusetts, at the time of buying the guns. Not being a legal resident of New Hampshire made the sale of the firearms illegal.
When interviewed by police, Tetteh admitted to shipping the guns to Ghana inside of cars and that in 2012 he had someone else buy two guns in New Hampshire that were also shipped to Ghana.
Tetteh pleaded guilty to three counts of making material false statements during the acquisition of a firearm, three counts of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm, and three counts of smuggling goods from the U.S. on Sept. 9, 2016.
He was sentenced to 29 months in prison.