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Man from Turkey charged with trying to smuggle Wisconsin products into Iran for the Iranian navy

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A 40-year-old man from the country of Turkey was arraigned in federal court in Milwaukee on an indictment returned June 27. The man, Resit Tavan, who owns a Turkish company has been charged with trying to smuggle American products to Iran.

According to the indictment, the company tried to buy marine products manufactured in Wisconsin and ship them to Iran. Most of the marine products were outboard engines, generators, and propulsion systems which were shipped to Turkey and then to Iran without the knowledge of the manufacturers. The indictment further alleges that the marine products were intended for use by the Iranian navy.

If convicted, Tavan faces up multiple years in prison. He was arrested in Romania in June 2017, on an international arrest warrant issued at the request of the United States.

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