A Canadian man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a firearm as an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States, Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk said in a news release.
According to court documents, on Jan. 10, Muzamil Aden Addow, 30, and his co-defendant Dayne Adrian Sitladeen, 29, were stopped by a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper near Fergus Falls.
The defendants were traveling between 95-100 miles per hour in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with Texas license plates. When the trooper approached the vehicle, Addow provided an Ontario, Canada, driver’s license with a false name.
According to court documents, after detecting the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and receiving suspicious and inconsistent statements from Addow and Sitladeen, the trooper searched the vehicle. As a result of the search, law enforcement officers recovered a total of 67 firearms and numerous pistol magazines, including 15 high-capacity pistol magazines, from four bags in the truck — one pistol magazine was partially loaded with live ammunition rounds.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Minnesota State Patrol.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha Bates.