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Roy Roby, Venezuelan Air Force Officer Linked to Arizona Arms-Dealing Plot, Busted in Florida

Roy Wayne Roby, a retired lieutenant-colonel in the Venezuelan Air Force linked to an Arizona plot to violate an arms embargo, was arrested last week in Florida.

Two weeks ago, an Arizona federal judge sentenced a Venezuelan Air Force colonel to 19 months in prison in the same case, which involved a 2007 shipment to the South American country of four military-grade airplane engines.

Retired Phoenix aviation company executive Floyd Stilwell, meanwhile, was sentenced in May only to probation and a $250,000 fine for spearheading the U.S. end of the illegal deal which earned him $1.8 million.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.