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01-01-2004, 05:32 PM
heard word about this does any one have the scoop
whats up

03-08-2004, 07:44 PM
this is not too timely but I haven't been here for a while. This was on lightfighter:

posted 26 December 03 08:42
Received from the Dec 2003 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin sent out to various
folks and is available via the GPO.

Illegal Sales of Stolen Property

The Defense Criminal Investigative Service of the Department of Defense
(DOD) is investigating the sale of suspected stolen military property. The
property, a small arms protective insert (SAPI), is a lightweight body armor
worn to protect the chest area. When used in conjunction with the soft
ballistic vest, the SAPI is designed to protect the user from multiple
impacts from high velocity, high-impact assault ammunition. The SAPI
currently is being used by U.S. military personnel in military operations
throughout the world. The SAPI provides state-of-the-art ballistic
protection and would provide a tactical advantage to criminals in
confrontations with law enforcement officers.

Investigative sources indicate that individuals throughout the United States
are selling and buying this property at an alarming rate. The theft and
subsequent illegal sales of SAPIs is a continuing and pervasive problem. It
has also been determined that several individuals who have both sold and
purchased SAPIs have criminal histories. Recent legislation has passed that
makes it illegal for anyone with a felony conviction to possess body armor
(the SAPI is considered body armor), Title 18 U.S.C. 931(a), Possession of
Body Armor by a Convicted Felon.

A DOD directive requires that SAPIs be destroyed when no longer needed by
the military and that SAPIs are not to be sold to the general civilian
population. One exception to this directive is the sale to law enforcement.
There have been no government sales to explain the ability of civilians to
purchase any such item legally. Because the SAPI is only being produced
under current DOD contracts, the property should be considered stolen, and
anyone who purchases a SAPI is in possession of stolen military property.

It should also be noted that the picture above is only one example of a
SAPI. Although they all share similar features and dimensions, there may be
slight variations in appearance, to include differences in markings on the
SAPI and the absence of a manufacturer's plate.