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Gun runner sentenced to 57 months
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:00 pm
By MARK REAGAN The Brownsville Herald

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a Brownsville man to nearly five years in prison on a gun running conviction.

Cruz Moises Garcia was arrested at his house on Nov. 4, 2013, one day after a 24-hour firefight that left 13 people dead in Matamoros and on the highway to Reynosa.

Garcia pleaded guilty on Feb 4 to attempting to export five guns and five ammunition magazines on the United States Munitions List without a license or written authorization, court records show.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen sentenced Garcia to 57 months in federal prison.

Garcia's co-defendant, Julio Cesar Solis-Castilleja, was arrested at the Gateway port of entry after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a Norinco MAK 90 SPORTER 7.62x39mm caliber rifle; a Bushmaster .308 caliber rifle; a DPMS Panther rifle; a FN Herstal .308 caliber rifle; a PTR 91C .308 caliber rifle; four 7.62x51mm magazines; and one 7.62x39mm magazine, all of which are designated as defense articles on the United States Munitions List and require a license or written authorization from the State Department to export.

Court records show that Garcia exchanged the weapons with Solis-Castilleja in a parking lot before the men were arrested.

Solis-Castilleja is scheduled for sentencing on June 30 and has pleaded guilty to exporting weapons on the United States Munitions List without written authorization or a license.


Arms supplier for the Gulf Cartel sentenced to prison
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:31 pm
Ildefonso Ortiz | The Monitor

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

McALLEN— A federal judge sent to prison Tuesday a man who had been buying rifles and handguns in bulk in order to have them smuggled to Reynosa for the Gulf Cartel.

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Salatiel Duran Reyes to 3 years and 7 months in prison Tuesday morning, months after he pleaded guilty to exporting firearms without a license.

On Nov. 15, federal agents got information from an unnamed source that Duran Reyes was set to buy five AK-47 rifles at Basilica of Our Lady San Juan del Valle parking lot. After a surveillance operation, the agents caught Duran with $4,540 in cash that he was going to use to buy the rifles from the unnamed individual.
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