A resident of Pakistan is facing charges that he tried to illegally export assault rifle parts from the United States into Canada.
Agha Muhammad Khan Durrani, 27, is accused of buying the parts at Cabela’s Sporting Goods in Cheektowaga and then trying to take them across the border into Canada.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said the defendant was charged after he told a Customs and Border Protection officer at the Rainbow Bridge that he and his father were going back to Cabela’s to return the assault rifle accessories.
The items, according to investigators, included assault rifle grips, hand guards, stocks and mounting systems.
Prosecutors said Durrani told a customs officer he intended to bring the assault rifle parts back to Pakistan to be used for hunting and defending his family’s land, but later admitted he also sold guns, gun parts and ammunition through a business he owns in Pakistan.
Durrani appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and was ordered detained.
The charges against him are the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection.