Mexican gun traffickers busted in McAllen sent to prison
March 21, 2012 7:25 PM
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
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
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.