Washington- The owner of a Prince George's County pizzeria pleaded guilty to illegally shipping semi-automatic rifles and other gun parts to Pakistan, says American media today.

 

Kamran Ashfaq Malik, 35, of 4500 Lords Landing Rd., Upper Marlboro, admitted that he had violated the federal Arms Export Control Act, according to a nine-page plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. In exchange for his guilty plea to unlawfully exporting the weapons, two other charges against Malik were dropped.

 

The agreement was signed by Malik's attorney, Joseph J. Gigliotti, and by Asst. U.S. Atty. Christine Manuelian.

 

A pizza shop employee, Waleed Aftab, 22, of the same address, pleaded guilty to the same charge in December and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20. According to the plea agreement, Malik shipped or ordered Aftab and others to ship several illegal packages of firearms and firearms parts and accessories to Lahore, Pakistan in October and November of 2012. The court documents don't reveal to whom Malik was shipping the weapons, or for what purpose.

 

To disguise that he was illegally shipping controlled weapons out of the country, Malik admitted using false return addresses and names on the packages, which he labeled as containing "empty bags," "lids" and "plastic holders," the plea agreement said.

 

The scheme came to light after a cache of semi-automatic rifle components was discovered during a routine screening in the Dubai airport on Nov. 28, 2012, according to the stipulation of facts that was entered in the plea agreement. These components included lower receivers, bolt carriers and 10-round magazines, as well as a gun sight, a rail-mounted flashlight with laser, a collapsible butt stock, and a magazine holder.

 

Shipping documents indicated that the package had been sent out from a Parcel Express mailing store in Bowie, Maryland. Though the parcel supposedly had been sent by a "Charlie Jones" and inaccurately was said to contain "plastic cup holders" and "door springs," the phone number on the package actually belonged to Aftab, the plea agreement said.

 

The serial number on a part for a Colt M-4 semi-automatic rifle later was traced back to a purchase that Malik had made from a licensed Virginia gun dealer on July 29, 2012.

 

Two years ago, on March 7, 2013, Malik attempted to re-enter the U.S. from Pakistan, where he has a second home. His cellphone and laptop computer were searched at the border and turned up several photos of guns and gun parts that resembled the weapons that were seized in Dubai. In addition, a text message referred to a federal express tracking number for one of the packages, according to the plea agreement.

 

Malik faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced June 26 by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz.