A Canadian man who was arrested in Ferndale in May in a scheme to illegally deal high-end firearms was convicted in federal court Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Following a five-day trial, a jury in U.S. District Court in Seattle convicted Oliver King, 35, of unlawful dealing in firearms, being a non-immigrant alien in possession of a firearm, and lying to government agents.
King is set to be sentenced April 11 and faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
King crossed the U.S.-Canada border at a Blaine crossing at about 10:15 p.m. May 18, 2010, telling agents he was going to pick up his wife at Bellis Fair mall, according to a complaint filed in federal court.
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King presented a passport that had been issued that morning and explained his previous one had been damaged in the washing machine. The agents found the prior passport, without water damage, when they inspected his car.
Agents tailed King after he left the border. He did not go to the mall but instead drove south to Chehalis, where he slept for several hours before continuing to McMinnville, Ore.
The agents observed him drive to a business, which had a firearms license issued to another person but had King on the lease. King loaded several cardboard boxes into his car, and then drove back to a storage facility in Ferndale.
At the storage place, the agents arrested King and searched the storage and his car, finding 21 high-end firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.