Jerome Man Pleads Guilty To Aiding Gun Smuggling Operation


By Paul Johnson

Fargo, North Dakota ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - A Jerome man pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding a Canadian citizen in illegally obtaining firearms to smuggle into Canada. Dylan Dowton, 20 of Jerome entered his plea in a Fargo Federal Courtroom. As part of the plea deal, Shawn Hartnell, 29 of Fort Frances, Ontario, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export firearms illegally. According to the Grand Forks Herald, both men faced charges with maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, but the plea agreement will reduce their sentences. The sentencing phase will be scheduled later.
According to the indictment, Hartnell sent Dowton $10,000 to buy guns in Idaho and deliver them to Grand Forks. Hartnell then sold six semiautomatic weapons for $24,000 to undercover U.S. and Canadian agents posing as Canadian buyers in the parking lot of the Settle Inn in Grand Forks.

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