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Russia jails ammo-smuggling U.S. pastor

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posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 07:44 AM
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Russia jails ammo-smuggling U.S. pastor


www.cnn.com

Phillip Miles, from South Carolina, has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 3. He was arrested several days after customs agents at a Moscow airport found a box of 20 rifle shells in his luggage.

The court sentenced him to serve three years and two months in prison, with the sentence calculated from his detention date.

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posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 07:44 AM
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3 years and 2 months for 20 shells. Holy cow. That is an amazingly severe sentence for such an apparently innocent crime.

(insert "In Soviet Russia.... " joke here)

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posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 07:49 AM
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Why would a pastor be smuggling shotgun shells and NOT Bibles???
What denomination is he?



posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 07:52 AM
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Miles has said he brought the .300 caliber cartridges for a friend who had recently bought a Winchester rifle. He said he did not know bringing such ammunition into Russia was illegal


Why he wouldn't look into the idea of bringing munitions into Moscow seems a bit odd. Not 3 years in the can odd though....



posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 08:14 AM
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This makes me laugh...

With all that has gone on in the last few years regarding border/customs controls and checkpoints, in particular, airports... how the heck did he even get them out of America?

Unless it's ok to carry live ammo on an airplane OUT of the US, but illegal to bring anything in..

Did he have a signed release form from his friend saying it was ok to bring him some slugs? Did US baggage inspectors see he was a pastor and being a good samaritan by taking his mate some live rounds so they decided it was ok to let him through?

He's lucky he didn't get caught in the UK, he might be facing 10 to 20 under the terrorism act...



posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 08:18 AM
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Originally posted by Clearskies
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Why would a pastor be smuggling shotgun shells and NOT Bibles???
What denomination is he?



You obviously haven't much experience around Southern Baptists, have you?

This is ridiculous, he needs to go ahead and bribe the local mafia and get back to the South.



posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 08:23 AM
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Originally posted by Karlhungis


3 years and 2 months for 20 shells. Holy cow. That is an amazingly severe sentence for such an apparently innocent crime.

(insert "In Soviet Russia.... " joke here)

www.cnn.com
(visit the link for the full news article)


you get 2 years in the UAE for having codeine based head ache pills - so why is this `so severe for such an innocent crime` - no its pure ignorance of him for assuming he could do what he wanted in another country.



posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 08:32 AM
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I'm from Georgia.
I say ya'll and ain't.
Southern Baptist preachers DON'T usually deal in arms, except local hunting trips.
I was going to join the Christian Hunters association a few years ago, but circumstances prevented it.




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