US Charges 4 Muslim Family Members After Intercepting Gun Shipments to Lebanon

The Herz family spent over $100,000 in guns and ammo—then tried to ship it to Lebanon under the guise of a clothing drive.

A Cedar Rapids family is under arrest after authorities found them covertly shipping at least 152 handguns to Lebanon—under the guise of food and clothing aid for the Syrian crisis. In an unlikely twist, they were turned in by their gun dealer—after the three men and one woman cleared out his entire 5.7 mm ammunition cache not once, but twice.

At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Judge Linda Reade ordered them held in detention until another court appearance Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Murphy called them “an immense risk to public safety.”