Scope-smug­gling sus­pect held

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from wire re­ports

A 24-year-old woman from Plano is un­der house ar­rest, ac­cused of try­ing to smug­gle three high-tech night-vi­sion scopes into Rus­sia with­out a li­cense, the Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Anna Fer­manova’s at­tor­ney Scott Palmer said she is a not spy and has no ties to a sus­pected Rus­sian spy ring re­cently busted up in the North­east.

Fed­eral agents act­ing on a tip dis­cov­ered the sights in a pair of Ugg boots in­side Fer­manova’s lug­gage at New York’s JFK In­ter­na­tional Air­port on March 1. Agents with Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment con­fis­cated the scopes and al­lowed Fer­manova to con­tinue on her con­nect­ing flight to Moscow, where she lives with her hus­band. She was ar­rested July 15 in Plano when she re­turned to visit her par­ents.

Palmer said Fer­manova bought the scopes legally on­line. He said they were for her hus­band, who wanted them for a friend who is a hunter.

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