- By Sandra Nortunen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A man living in Port St. Lucie was arrested after authorities said he was responsible for illegally shipping dozens of high-impact firearms to Brazil.
Frederik Barbieri, 46, was indicted on charges relating to the illegal exportation of firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition.
He is considered to be one of the top arms dealers for Brazil.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office South District of Florida, Barbieri would buy the firearms in South Florida, remove the serial numbers and then conceal them in packages to ship them to Brazil.
Brazil has been looking for Barbieri since June when authorities at Rio de Janeiro’s airport discovered 60 automatic rifles, including AK-47s, hidden inside a shipment of pool heaters, according to VOA News.
The United Sates is the largest source of illegal guns entering Brazil, according to a Brazilian police report obtained by Reuters.
Barbieri’s arrest comes at a time when the South American country is trying to crack down on violence and crime in Rio de Janeiro, Reuters added.
He is expected to appear in federal court today in Miami.