Friday, December 6, 2013
AZMEX EXTRA 6-12-13
AZMEX EXTRA 6 DEC 2013
Note: If really a automatic weapon / submachine gun, as reported, what happened to those much more serious charges?
Weapons supplied by BATFE?
Stash house sentry gets 1.5 years prison
Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 8:58 am
A second Mexican man who was arrested while guarding nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana at a stash house in Rio Rico was sentenced to 1.5 years in state prison.
Judge James A. Soto sentenced Paul Chavez-Portillo, 23, of Carboneras, Sinaloa to the mitigated term on Nov. 25, three weeks after he sentenced co-defendant Jose Luis Dominguez de la Rosa, 46, of Santa Cruz, Sonora, to 2.5 years in prison. Both men pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation/unlawful transportation of marijuana for sale, a Class 4 felony.
Chavez and Dominguez were apprehended on June 18 when members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-led HIDTA Task Force found them trying to sneak out the back of a house on Adobe Court that had been stocked with the marijuana load as well as
a 9mm semi-automatic pistol,
a 9mm submachine gun,
a .22-caliber rifle and
57 rounds of ammunition.
According to court documents, Dominguez had been approached earlier in June by someone who offered him $4,000 to guard the stash house. Chavez, on the other hand, was reportedly brought to the house by a migrant smuggler who was supposed to take him to Phoenix. Only after the smuggler dropped him off at the house did he realize that marijuana would be stored there.
Even so, Chavez's presentence report says that he admitted to law enforcement that he knew he'd be paid for watching the stash.