Wednesday, July 25, 2012



Progreso man tries smuggling AK-47 into Mexico
July 24, 2012 12:18 PM
Naxiely Lopez
The Monitor
PROGRESO — Federal officers arrested a 21-year-old man accused of trying to smuggle an AK-47 assault rifle into Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working southbound operations at the Progreso International Bridge encountered the pedestrian as he attempted to walk from the U.S. into Mexico, according to a news release.

The U.S. Citizen from Progreso allegedly hid the assault rifle in his clothing, officials said. Officers "quickly subdued" the suspect, arrested him and referred the case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Authorities did not release further information as they continued to investigate the case.

Father, son get prison sentences in gun-buying scheme
July 24, 2012 8:47 PM
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Ildefonso Ortiz
The Monitor  

McALLEN — A father and son will spend more than three years each in federal prison in connection with the straw purchase of more than a dozen firearms.

On Tuesday morning, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced 47-year-old Heriberto Caballero Sr. and 28-year-old Heriberto Caballero Jr. to three years and one month and three years and 10 months in prison, respectively.

The men had entered guilty pleas at the beginning of the year, admitting to their individual roles. The younger Caballero had purchased six firearms and had recruited his father to purchase seven more, knowing that the weapons were to be taken to Mexico. In order to buy the weapons, the men had lied in various forms, claiming to be the real owners of the weapons. 

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