Chesapeake man sentenced for illegally obtaining silencers from Canada

A Department of Justice logo is shown on a podium during a news conference about Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A man Chesapeake man will face more than two years in prison for illegally obtaining silencers from Canada.

Benjamin Lloyd Fisher, 42, admitted that he bought homemade .22-caliber silencers from an online Canadian source in the spring of 2014.

Fisher and the company had arranged for the silencer to be shipped in two separate packages — in order to avoid detection by U.S. Customs and Board Patrol.

ATF agents raided a home Fisher shared with his mother last May. During the search, the agents found 13 firearms, eight silencers, and crates of ammunition.

Police also received five additional firearms connected to Fisher one month later.

Fisher pleaded guilty to receiving the silencers and ammunition last November.

Prior to Fisher’s arrest, Chesapeake Police received a call from a relative for a welfare check on him. When officers arrived, Fisher was in his bedroom, and said the door was booby-trapped with an explosive device.

However, no bomb or explosive device was found after the hours-long standoff ended.

Fisher will be serving a total of 30 months in prison.

 

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