No sentencing guidelines enhancement for arms smuggler who sold to a paramilitary terrorist group in Columbia
Francisco Arcila Ramirez was charged with several federal crimes in connection with selling firearms to the National Liberation Army (ELN), a paramilitary group in Columbia, designated by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist organization. Through a straw purchaser, he acquired AK-style weapons in the Miami, Florida area, then had them smuggled to Colombia where they were delivered to an ELN weapons broker who then arranged delivery to a farmhouse in rural area of Colombia where they were picked up by members of the ELN. Arcila Ramirez was paid $26,567 in cash for his efforts. After this transaction, Arcila Ramirez began acquiring large quantities of firearm components to send to Colombia where they could be assembled. The firearm parts were cheaper to buy, easier to smuggle, and did not require straw purchasers.
When Arcila Ramirez was arrested in the United States, he waived his right to remain silent after receiving a Miranda warning. He admitted using straw purchaser to buy firearms on his behalf and concealing them in air compressors to be smuggled into Colombia. He admitted the firearms had to be for guerillas or delinquents but said he was not part of or involved with any group.