Illegal immigrant from Iran caught while smuggling in weapons from Canada

Story here in a local newspaper. (H/T Ace of Spades via ECM)


When federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents served a search warrant last Wednesday on a storage unit in Ferndale, Wash., just south of the Canadian border, they discovered more than $30,000 worth of high-powered weaponry, including a .50-caliber sniper rifle.

The find was detailed in an affidavit filed by the Western District Court of Washington against illegal alien Iranian Hamid Malekpour, also known as Oliver King, about 35 years old.

[…]Agents started tailing King — the name on the passport he used both for recent visits to Iran and last week’s border crossing — in Blaine, Wash. They followed him to the McMinnville gun shop, where he is listed on the lease, and watched him load several boxes of high-powered firearms and ammunition there last Wednesday morning.

They then followed him back north to a storage facility in Ferndale, where they took him into custody.

[…]Confronted there by agents, King initially agreed to let them search his vehicle. That search turned up two shotguns, two semiautomatic handguns and about 480 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition, which they believe he picked up in McMinnville.

When King revoked permission for any further search without a warrant, the agents obtained a warrant to search a storage unit he was renting at the facility. In it, they found a .50-caliber sniper rifle, two .308-caliber sniper rifles, three .300-caliber sniper rifles, eight law enforcement style .223-caliber rifles, three Glock semi-automatic handguns, 100 .223-caliber magazines, 3,800 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, various high-powered scopes and other equipment.

And that’s why we want a fence along the southern border. It’s not racism. It’s a matter of national security.

9 thoughts on “Illegal immigrant from Iran caught while smuggling in weapons from Canada”

  1. 1. The Left assures us there is no such thing as an illegal person.

    2. We are also assured that multiculturalism is the way to go. For all we know, snipers, sniper weaponry, and sniperness, may be part and parcel of the Iranian culture. Celebrate diversity!

    3. When all else fails, we are told to “judge not” (although usually the subject matter to this trump card is some expression of sexual licentiousness.)

    Tear down that wall (that hasn’t been built yet)!


  2. Richard, I’m not sure what you mean by multi-culturalism, so I may be reading you incorrectly, but here goes… Not all cultures are equally good. However, all man-made cultures are flawed – just in different ways. Some things about a culture are morally neutral, such as whether you like Italian, Mexican, or Ethiopian cuisine. Some things are morally good in a culture, like the concept of honour in Japanese culture, the emphasis on family cohesion in African cultures, the value put on knowledge in western culture. Other things are morally wrong, like bull fighting in Spain, widow-burning in India or female genital mutilation in some countries in central Africa. Cultural diversity is good, provided that it means taking the best from cultures, recognizing the flaws in cultures, including one’s own culture, and respecting the image of God in all members of the human race, whatever culture they come from.


    1. Hi Mary,

      “Cultural diversity is good, provided that it means taking the best from cultures”. That sounds more like melting-pot than multiculturalism.

      “Multiculturalism is the state-sponsored promotion of multiple ethnic cultures without promoting any specific cultural values as central or normative.” – adapted by me from Wiki.

      “the emphasis on family cohesion in African cultures”. Not sure exactly what you mean by this, but rom what I have seen in my visits to Africa, the African culture contributes mightily to keeping Africans poor — because as soon as you earn more than you need to survive, “family cohesion” means that all your relatives, cousins, etc. have “dibs” on your resources. In other words, you are quickly surrounded by free-loading relatives. They will literally show up at your doorstep, stay for weeks, and expect you to feed them.

      This provides a disincentive to get ahead, and creates a cultural dynamic where there’s a built-in incentive to earn “just enough” to survive on — and then stop working, because you will not get to enjoy any further benefit from doing so.

      Plus, there are certain sexual rights and practices associated with “family cohesion” that we probably don’t want to go into here.


      1. Richard, re the emphasis on family cohesion in African cultures, it can mean that there are freeloading relatives, and if so that should be dealt with, but not always. I live in Africa, although I come from a western background, so I see how this plays out. Sometimes there are freeloaders, but more often it’s a case of looking after poor grandparents, looking after relatives who are unemployed through no fault of their own, looking after parents who are struggling. Often parents will have sacrificed a lot for their children’s education and when those children grow up it is only fitting that they should support their parents who are poor precisely because they’ve put a lot into their kids. One of my friends from a Xhosa culture was saying the other day that some of his more western colleagues at work don’t understand why he doesn’t travel the world now that he’s working and earning a good salary. They don’t understand that he is expected to care for family members in need. Another friend of mine comes from Zimbabwe and and while he has a well-paying job as an accountant in my country, he lives simply because a lot of his money goes to supporting his parents, his younger sister (who is studying), etc. I think it’s admirable selflessness. Too many people in western culture are very self-centred and will estrange themselves from their aging parents. It’s terribly sad. Besides, bringing children up in African culture is not only the responsibility of the immediate family, but also of the extended family. So the uncles and aunts and grandparents will all take part. Family responsibility may be a disincentive to get ahead if one is self-centred, but as Christians we should be different. We should focus on Christ and others. We should rejoice in having the means and opportunity to give our stuff away.

        Now I know that there are lots of things in African culture that are not good – polygamy, etc – but that is not family cohesion, it’s something else. And my point is that there are some good things and some bad things in every culture.


  3. Mary, thank you for your wonderful insights. I agree family solidarity is an admirable trait wherever it is found. Have you read Anne of Green Gables? The Japanese flock to Prince Edward Island (the novel’s setting) because of the story of family cohesion that it presents.

    In Canada, extensive social programs have minimized the role of family cohesion in society — as it is expected that government, and not family/relatives, will support individuals in need — even the concept of “individuals” is western, isn’t it?!

    Singapore’s philosophy is the exact opposite — when in need, look to immediate family first, relatives second, and clan associations third for assistance. When it is your father or son or sister or aunt who is supporting you, self-correcting family mechanisms can kick-in if you need a good kick in the pants, or encouragement, or advice, to get going. This never happens when it is the government paying your way.

    Whenever I see a street person in the news in Canada, my first question is always, “where’s the family?”


  4. Bias causes all sorts of absurd conclusions. Look at these smart scientists who deny God when they know the odds are insurmountable.

    Look at the OJ simpson Jury.

    Democrats feel fine about a baby getting killed in the womb but are outraged at water being dropped on a murderers head?

    Know this. If open boarders were the Republicans main platform the Dems would soon be against it. Its not about what they believe at all(in this case). Its about bias. They know its a great tool to accuse Reps of racism. Oh how depraved unbelievers are.


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