CENTER T0WNSHIP (KDKA) — An international arms trafficking conspiracy has ties to our area.
A man from Center Township, Beaver County, pleaded guilty in federal court to smuggling weapons and ammunitions from the U.S.
Neighbors declined to comment on camera, but said they had no idea they were living next to a man with an unlikely and illegal side job.
A woman who came to the door of her Douglas Lane home said she had no comment about the guilty plea entered by 38-year-old Jack Michaluk.
Online records list Jack Michaluk’s past employers as an auto sales firm in New Brighton and a national tire and battery in Robinson.
Federal documents say the smuggled goods were labeled as auto parts and exported from the United States to the Philippines.
Michaluk was charged with mailing military-style rifle parts for m-14s and m-16s along with ammunition to two men in the island country between 2006 and 2009. Prosecutors say there were at least 148 boxes.
KDKA’s Kym Gable talked to Center Township police. No one there was authorized to comment on camera Friday nighty, but they did confirm they seized boxes from Michaluk’s home during a raid in March of 2009.
At the time of the raid, they would not identify the contents of those boxes. A judge scheduled a sentencing date of August 23rd.