St. Louis man accused in Dubai says he’s acquitted of gun-smuggling charges

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

ST. LOUIS—After being forced to stay in Dubai for several months over gun smuggling charges, a St. Louis native says he has been acquitted.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 57-year-old Steve Dolan told the newspaper in an email he was acquitted on Monday on all counts. He could have faced up to 50 years in jail.

Dolan is a Dubai-based vice president for the shipping firm APL. Authorities told him they found 30,000 knock-off pistols in a shipping container last fall. Dolan and three co-workers were charged in February with gun smuggling and transporting weapons without a license. He denied knowledge of the guns, but was not allowed to leave Dubai until the case was decided.

Dolan hopes to return to the U.S. in four to six weeks.

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