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New York charges arms traffickers over FARC conspiracy

A crane carries parts of 9,517 weapons seized from the FARC and ELN guerrillas, before being melted in furnaces on November 25, 2014 in Sogamoso, ColombiaUS officials announced Wednesday the arrests of three international arms traffickers for conspiring to supply Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels with weapons intended to kill Americans. Cristian Vintila, 44, Virgil Flaviu Georgescu, 42, and Massimo Romagnoli, 43, were arrested in Montenegro on Monday and Tuesday, and charged with terrorism offences in New York, officials said. US prosecutors say they conspired to sell pistols, machine guns and anti-aircraft cannons between May and October this year, knowing they could be used by the FARC against US personnel.

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