Legal & Courts  October 17, 2019

Feds seize Windsor home in connection with arms-smuggling case

WINDSOR  — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver has seized a Windsor property as part of a worldwide gun-smuggling scheme run out of Northern Colorado.

In filings Thursday morning, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seized 10413 County Road 76½, including two vehicles, several rare coins and silver bars, and $18,746 in cash at the address, along with just less than $96,000 in associated bank assets.

The property belongs to Windsor resident and Toy Liquidators owner Michael Suppes, 45, who was arrested in June after allegedly agreeing to sell firearms to uncover agents.

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The investigation began in September 2018, when agents intercepted a package from a Fort Collins-based business called Toy Liquidators to India containing a Glock handgun assembly kit hidden in a toy car.

Investigators later found the company smuggled possibly thousands of rifles and handgun kits to buyers in India, Australia, South Africa, Cambodia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia through the Postal Service since 2015 and continued through this year.

WINDSOR  — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver has seized a Windsor property as part of a worldwide gun-smuggling scheme run out of Northern Colorado.

In filings Thursday morning, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seized 10413 County Road 76½, including two vehicles, several rare coins and silver bars, and $18,746 in cash at the address, along with just less than $96,000 in associated bank assets.

The property belongs to Windsor resident and Toy Liquidators owner Michael Suppes, 45, who was arrested in June after allegedly agreeing to sell firearms to uncover agents.

Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood is editor and publisher of BizWest, a regional business journal covering Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties. Wood co-founded the Northern Colorado Business Report in 1995 and served as publisher of the Boulder County Business Report until the two publications were merged to form BizWest in 2014. From 1990 to 1995, Wood served as reporter and managing editor of the Denver Business Journal. He is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. He has won numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.
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