Wednesday, March 21, 2012



Mexican gun traffickers busted in McAllen sent to prison
March 21, 2012 7:25 PM
Jared Taylor
The Monitor

McALLEN — A federal judge sent two illegal immigrants to prison for
their roles in a gun trafficking ring busted on the city's northwest

Authorities recovered five assault rifles and a pistol from four
illegal immigrants at 3512 Violet Ave. in February 2011.

A Texas Department of Public Safety investigator had received
information that the house was possibly used by illegal immigrants
smuggling guns to Mexican drug cartels, a criminal complaint states.

Authorities recovered three .308-caliber rifles with obliterated
serial numbers, a Glock 9 mm pistol and two AR-15-style assault
rifles during raids at the house and an apartment at 1116 N. 20th
St., McAllen.

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Carlos Rios Davila and
Marco Guzman Velasquez at a hearing Wednesday in McAllen.

Both men received 63-month prison sentences for their roles in the
gun trafficking scheme.

Crane said it was unclear whether Rios or Guzman — both illegal
immigrants from Mexico — played a larger role in the gun trafficking
"I would like the United States of America to forgive me, and of
course, I would like the judge to forgive me," Rios said in the
courtroom in Spanish. "That is all I would like to say."

Velasquez said he wants to use his prison time for a fresh start.
"I will not come back," he told Crane in Spanish. "I would like the
court to send me to a prison with educational opportunities so I can
better myself."

Both men will be deported upon completing their prison time.

Also formally charged in the case were Ismael Rivera Melendez and
Ferdinando Guillen Rivera; however, both men's cases were dismissed
in August 2011.


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