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Sep 7, 2016 3:56 PM

Man pleads guilty to falsifying information to smuggle guns from NH to Ghana

CONCORD — A man has pleaded guilty making false statements in order to smuggle guns from the U.S.

U.S. Attorney, Emily Gray Rice, announced that Joel Tetteh, 53, 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 United States.

According to court documents, Tetteh purchased a total of six handguns from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Hookset on April 29, 2014, October 29, 2014, and May 6, 2015.

When purchasing these guns, Tetteh stated on the forms that he resided in Merrimack, which was not true. He was actually residing in Worcester, Mass. and never actually lived in Merrimack. Under federal law, the firearms dealer could not have lawfully sold the firearms to the defendant if he was not a resident of New Hampshire.

During an interview with officers, Tetteh admitted that he has purchased the guns and shipped them to Ghana inside of motor vehicles. He also admitted that he did not posses a license in order to export the firearms.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Homeland Security Investigations.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 15, 2016.

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