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Local man charged over gun smuggling

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BISMARCK, N.D.—A Canadian man is accused of trying to smuggle American guns into Canada after he allegedly sold six guns to an undercover officer for $24,000.

Shawn Hartnell, 29, of Fort Frances, Ont., is charged with two counts, including conspiracy to illegally export firearms.

Court documents say Hartnell told undercover Canadian detectives last April he could get them assault rifles for $4,000 and bring them into Canada by snowmobile.

Investigators acting as buyers allegedly met Hartnell at a Grand Forks, N.D. hotel earlier this week and paid him $24,000 for four semi-automatic rifles and two handguns.

He was arrested after accepting the cash.

A detention hearing was scheduled for today in Grand Forks.

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