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Texan Faces Russia Smuggling Charges in NY

NEW YORK (AP) - A plea deal is in the works for a Texas woman accused of smuggling high-tech rifle sights to Russia.

Anna Fermanova made a brief court appearance Monday in Brooklyn, where she's facing federal charges. Attorneys on both sides told a judge that they were trying to reach a plea deal.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old from Plano, Texas, was caught at New York's Kennedy airport in March with the sights stashed in her luggage.

Her attorney, Scott Palmer, told reporters Monday that Fermanova bought the sights for her father-in-law to use at a Moscow gun club.

Fermanova has been compared in the tabloids and on websites to another Anna - admitted Russian secret agent Anna Chapman.

Chapman was part of a headline-grabbing spy ring broken up last month.

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