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Report: SEAL charged with gun smuggling

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy SEAL and two others were arrested for allegedly selling smuggled machine guns to undercover agents, court papers filed in Las Vegas said Thursday.

The suspects were arrested after a five-month investigation and were to appear before a Las Vegas federal judge, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, reported.

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The weapons allegedly were brought into the United States from Afghanistan and Iraq and sold to undercover agents in Nevada and Colorado. No additional details on the guns or the alleged smuggling scheme were immediately released.

The defendants were identified by KLAS as Andrew Kauffman of Las Vegas, Richard Paul of Durango, Colo., and Nicholas Bickle of San Diego. It was not known if Bickle was the SEAL; however, units of the famed commando branch are based in the San Diego area.

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