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Chesapeake man to serve 30 months for illegally receiving silencers from Canada

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 13:11:31-05

Chesapeake, Va. – A 42-year-old Chesapeake man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegally receiving imported firearm silencers.

Benjamin Lloyd Fisher pleaded guilty on November 17, 2015.

Benjamin Fisher

Benjamin Fisher

Fisher admitted to purchasing a homemade .22 caliber silencer from an online Canadian supplier in spring 2014.

He arranged for the silencer to be shipped to him in two separate packages so the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol would not realize.

After finding emails between Fisher and his Canadian source, ATF agents executed a search warrant at the house Fisher shared with his mother.

When the police arrived, Fisher hid inside his bedroom and told the police that his door was booby trapped with an explosive device and that he had a bomb around his neck. After a stand-off lasting several hours, Fisher finally surrendered. No bombs or explosive devices were found.

Officers found 13 guns, eight silencers and crates of ammunition.  Agents found several other firearms one month later.

Fisher is a convicted felon and unable to own guns.