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Model Anna Fermanova on arms smuggling charge

A glamorous beautician has been charged in America with trying to smuggle parts of weapons onto a plane.

Latvian Anna Fermanova (24) was arrested on July 15 in Dallas for allegedly trying to carry $15,000 worth of night-vision rifle sights onto a flight. She was released the next day on $50,000 bail.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Fermanova was getting ready to board a flight from New York to Russia on March 1 when Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted her luggage and found three night-vision devices that are on the United States munitions list.

“Fermanova stated that she had purchased the scopes online,” the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, agents asked why some identification numbers on the devices had been covered with a marker pen.

“Fermanova replied that she had removed and otherwise concealed the identification markings ‘so they would be less noticeable,'“ the affidavit states.

“When agents asked if this was done so that she could get them out of the United States without a license, Fermanova replied, ‘yes.' She further claimed that she was taking the items to her husband, a resident of Moscow, Russia.”

Officials seized the devices, and Fermanova boarded the plane to Russia. She returned to the U.S. on or around July 1, the affidavit says.

Fermanova's attorney in Dallas, Scott Palmer, said his client was not involved in espionage.

Belfast Telegraph