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BALTIMORE (AP) A former Maryland probation officer has pleaded guilty to shipping guns and ammunition to Nigeria.

Forty-nine-year-old Emenike Nwankwoala pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore. He faces a maximum of 35 years in prison when he's sentenced July 21.

Prosecutors say Nwankwoala told an undercover agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he had been buying shotguns and shipping them to Nigeria for the past decade, turning a large profit. Nwankwoala told the agent that he hid the guns in shipping containers with vehicles and hospital beds.

Court documents show that last fall, customs agents intercepted a container that Nwankwoala had shipped from New Jersey to Nigeria. Inside, agents found 24 shotguns and six handguns, along with nearly 1,500 rounds of ammunition.

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