U.S. jury convicts man in arms case

September 21, 1991

A federal jury in Baltimore yesterday convicted a former State Department security officer of illegally exporting 38 handguns to the Dominican Republic, bribery and illegally bringing undeclared cash into the United States.

George R. Mitchell, 43, a former Baltimore policeman who was security officer for the U.S. Embassy from 1988 to 1990, was convicted of violating the Arms Export Control Act by buying the guns and sending them into the Dominican Republic without the required export license.

He was also convicted of soliciting bribes from Dominican nationals in return for importing eight cars into the country duty-free and of failing to file customs reports required of Americans who bring $10,000 or more into this country.

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