Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Silencers into the United States | USAO-NDIA

A Sioux City man who smuggled goods into the United States pled guilty April 15, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.

Lloyd Clark, age 72, from Sioux City, Iowa was convicted of smuggling goods into the United States.  In a plea agreement, Clark admitted in October 2020, Customs and Border Protection seized parcels coming into the United States from China, one of which was falsely labeled as “spiral tube” and addressed to Clark at his residence in Sioux City.  On November 12, 2020, law enforcement seized 7 silencers, 1 modified rifle with an installed silencer, and 1 WWII-era machine gun from Clark’s home.  Clark did not have legal authority to possess the silencers and firearms. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Clark remains free on bond pending sentencing.  Clark faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

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The case file number is 21-4030.

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