By Amy SchreiberAssociated Press – MIAMI (AP) A German shepherd trainer was arrested Wednesday after he was charged with illegally using an American-made weapon to hunt deer in Turkey, the Justice Department said.
Greta Mancuso, 51, was charged by a U.S. magistrate judge in Miami on a misdemeanor count of illegally possessing a machine gun, according to the U.A.E. Federal Criminal Investigative Directorate.
Mancusos attorney, Eric Borkman, said she was not in custody and could not be reached for comment.
Manns U.K.-based owner said he was shocked when he learned of the charges.
He said Mancos German shepherd was a “very loving” animal and had been with him for 15 years.
Mancesa said he and his wife have three German shepherds and two shepherdogs that they keep in the house.
They said the Mancuses have been hunting deer and other animals since the 1990s.MANCUSO, who lives in Brooklyn, was arrested in March in New Jersey after he and three other men were stopped by police and found to have a machine-gun in their car.
The two men were charged with violating the Animal Welfare Act, which bans the possession of a machine firearm on a U-turn or off a road.
Mancedo said the gun was a Colt .45-caliber revolver with a barrel length of 4 feet (1.5 meters).
He said he purchased the weapon in the U-Turn section of a Wal-Mart in New York City in 2012, and that it came with a safety.
Mancera said the guns are not for hunting deer.
He did not elaborate.
“I have never had an issue with any law enforcement agency in the United States,” he said.
“They are simply hunting.
We have not had any problem with them.”
I don’t shoot.””
I am not a police officer.
I don’t shoot.”
Mancero said he has no plans to return to Turkey and has plans to pursue a teaching job.
“Turkey is a country I love and I am happy to be here,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.