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Idaho men charged with conspiring to sell hard-to-trace guns

A judge has ruled that a former Marine and another Idaho man charged with participating in a money-making conspiracy to build hard-to-trace firearms and distribute them in North Carolina will be transferred to that state

BOISE, Idaho -- A former Marine and another Idaho man charged with participating in a money-making conspiracy to build hard-to-trace firearms and distribute them in North Carolina will be transferred to that state, a U.S. District Court judge said Tuesday.

Ex-Marine Jordan Duncan, 25, and Paul James Kryscuk, 35, both of Boise, each waived hearings in the case, clearing the way for the transfers. The case also involves another former Marine, 21-year-old Liam Montgomery Collins. Authorities said Collins is from Johnston, Rhode Island.

Authorities say Duncan and Collins awere previously assigned to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Court documents say the conspiracy involved Collins and Kryscuk manufacturing and selling hard-to-obtain firearms and firearm parts so purchasers of the weapons would be unknown to government authorities.

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald E. Bush in Boise said he did not have a timeline for the transfers by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Justice Department as well as court documents say Kryscuk received money from Collins for a hort-barreled rifle and a 9mm pistol with a suppressor, which is placed on the end of a gun barrel to reduce noise when the weapon is fired. The devices are highly regulated in the U.S. Authorities say Kryscuk bought supplies to make suppressors.

Authorities also say Kryscuk, using an alias, mailed weapons from Idaho to Jacksonville, North Carolina. Documents also say Kryscuk shipped the short-barreled rifle to Collins. Court documents say the rifle went to Pennsylvania.

Collins and Kryscuk are charged with conspiracy to manufacture unregistered weapons and ship them across state lines without a license. They each could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say Duncan was aware of the conspiracy and participated. He’s charged with conspiracy to manufacture firearms and ship them across state lines. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

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