Nevadan Accused of Smuggling Machine Gun Parts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a Nevada man has been charged with attempting to smuggle in parts of a World War II-era submachine gun by hiding them inside a Porsche he was importing from Germany to the Port of Long Beach.

An immigration spokeswoman says Peter Scharf was arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles on Tuesday after being charged with smuggling and importing a machine gun without a license.

Customs inspectors checking a cargo container found parts for the Thompson submachine gun in the trunk of a Porsche 911 Turbo. Officials say the parts included assemblies for the weapon's trigger, bolt, and barrel mechanisms.

Officials say Scharf appeared in a Los Angeles court where a judge released him on $50,000 bond.

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