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Posted Friday, February 22, 2008
                 
Man indicted for trafficking in guns, with Haiti as final destination
                                        
By J.D. Summer

ALBANY — An Albany man made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday after being indicted for illegally trafficking firearms to Haiti, court documents show.

Waking Vincent, age unknown, was indicted Dec. 5, 2007, by a grand jury for illegally buying firearms and then arranging for them to be taken by boat to Haiti for sale.

Vincent appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Hodge Wednesday for his initial court appearance, but because he didn’t have an attorney and federal public defenders weren’t immediately available, his case was continued to a later date.

Vincent is saddled with a 22-count federal indictment alleging that he bought firearms — handguns, rifles and shotguns — from Georgia Loan and Sales in Albany by making false statements between 2004 and 2006, court documents show.

On July 16, 2006, Vincent told Dougherty County Police officers that his home had been burglarized and that some firearms had been stolen — a move prosecutors believe was done to help him transport the weapons out of the country, documents show.

In September, prosecutors say that Vincent shipped a television, secretly storing at least nine handguns inside, to a home in Miami. Later that month, he and an unnamed accomplice drove to Miami with 25 to 30 boxes of ammunition, met up with the person with the television and test-fired the weapons, according to the indictment.

While there, Vincent met with an unidentified Creole-speaking person who prosecutors say Vincent paid a sum of money to transport the weapons to Haiti and other Caribbean countries.

2008 The Albany Herald/Triple Crown Media. Published February 21, 2008.

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