How Guns from N.H. Ended Up in the Hands of the Indonesian Secret Service
A photo of Feky Sumual on his Facebook page.
On October 9th, 2015, a man named Feky Sumual walks into Stateline Guns, Ammo & Archery, a gun shop in Plaistow, New Hampshire, where he buys seven 9-millimeter handguns.
Because of the number of guns involved, and because 9-millimeters are common in gun smuggling rings, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms begins to investigate.
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Agents stake out the Dover address Feky Sumual provided on the purchase forms, but for weeks, he doesn’t show up at the apartment.
“And while that surveillance was going on, we got a bit of a break in the case,” says William Morse, an assistant United States Attorney in Concord, New Hampshire.
“A woman walked into the Dover Police Station, and reported some information about Sumual.”
The woman who walked into the Dover Police Station on November 11th, 2015, was Feky Sumual’s wife, Tuti Budiman. The information Budiman wanted to share with the police was for who exactly her husband was buying those handguns.
“And the information that she told the Dover Police was that her husband was buying guns for
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members of the Indonesian secret service.”