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Feds: Lilburn man attempted to smuggle guns to Africa

ATLANTA -- A Lilburn man received eight months in federal prison Monday for attempting to smuggle guns overseas to Africa.

Olamide Ogunyale, 53, pleaded guilty to the federal charges late last year. Monday's sentence issued by United States District Judge Steve C. Jones will also include two years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ogunyale agreed in April 2011 to help an individual ship 12 firearms and vehicles to Nigeria.

"When asked about the necessary paperwork to send the guns out of the county, Ogunyale advised that no paperwork was needed because the guns would be hidden inside the cars," a press release said. "Ogunyale later instructed the person how to conceal the firearms so they would avoid detection by U.S. Customs."

Ogunyale made arrangements for the vehicles and firearms to be delivered to Savannah and loaded onto a ship for delivery to Nigeria, officials said.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.