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California Man Sentenced for Illegal Fireworks Transportation

On December 4, Eduardo Figueroa of Lynwood, California, was sentenced to pay $2,000 in fines, serve five years probation and complete 1,500 hours of community service by a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles, California, after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting in the illegal transportation of fireworks into a prohibited jurisdiction. Approximately, on June 21, 2006, Figueroa removed the DOT required hazardous material warning labels from approximately 500 pounds of fireworks in an attempt to conceal the contraband contents and transported them out of a Compton, California, freight terminal. He was subsequently stopped by investigators from the Compton Fire Department Arson Bureau and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and arrested for violations of California fireworks laws. This investigation was conducted by DOT OIG, FBI agents, and investigators from the Compton Fire Department Arson Bureau.