Bunger said he was aware of a criminal complaint sworn against him by the
Federal court documents charge Bunger with shipping firearms in foreign commerce, shipping in foreign commerce a firearm with an obliterated serial number and delivering or causing delivery for shipment in foreign commerce to persons other than licensed individuals a package containing a firearm or ammunition without notice to the carrier.
Now in custody at
The case against Bunger includes allegations that he used aliases to ship firearms that had been disassembled and hidden in various electronic items to customers in
A criminal complaint filed
Police there who interviewed the suspect were told that the weapon had been ordered from a website known as Black Market Reloaded, an online marketplace that can only be accessed by downloading software that cloaks the computer user in anonymity.
Such sites comprise what is known as the "deep web," a shadowy part of the Internet where online information cannot be indexed by conventional search engines.
Accessible by downloading anonymity-enabling software, the deep web has been used for non-criminal purposes, such as when government whistleblowers wish to protect their privacy while online.
On some of the sites on the deep web, however, buyers seeking to hide their identities can connect with underground retailers to buy illicit material that includes drugs, weapons, pirated goods or child pornography.
The criminal complaint sworn by ATF Special Agent
Hayes became involved in the investigation in July when he was notified by Australian authorities about their findings. Hayes contacted a federal postal inspector and discovered that "John Smith" had shipped three packages from
The clerk told Hayes that she had assisted "John Smith" with previous mailings, and that the man had told her he shipped broken video game systems and DVD players and worked on computers, according to the criminal complaint.
The packages were seized and an examination found that the parcel destined for
Bunger was identified as the suspect in the firearm shipments following an examination of credit card transactions at the post office, and Hayes also learned that Bunger had purchased a mini Uzi 9 mm pistol from a licensed firearms dealer on
Two postal clerks identified Bunger out of a photo lineup as the person who brought the packages to the post office for international shipment.
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