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Two Texas brothers found guilty for smuggling ammo to Mexico from U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol agent searches in dense brush near Texas-Mexico border.
U.S. Border Patrol agent searches in dense brush near Texas-Mexico border.
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Two brothers from New Braunfels, a city just north of San Antonio, Texas were found guilty by a federal jury for smuggling ammunition from the United States into Mexico announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman today.

The Del Rio federal jury pronounced Jesus Cardenas, 23, and Luis Cardenas, 34 guilty on multiple counts said Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala.

Between November 2011 and January 2012, Jesus Cardenas purchased more than 15,000 rounds of ammunition and 400 assault rifle magazines to export into Mexico the trial evidence proved. Luis Cardenas was paid to take the ammunition for transportation in to Del Rio.

United States Border Patrol agents seized some of the ammunition, along with 23 assault rifles within yards of the Rio Grande River outside Del Rio on December 11, 2011. Homeland Security special agents apprehended more ammunition and magazines in January 2012.

The Cardenas brothers are in custody and “a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine,” stated Pitman. “Sentencing for the case is presently set for August 14, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Alia Moses in Del Rio.”

“This case resulted from an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Pitman announced. “Assistant United States Attorneys Lewis Thomas and Patrick Burke are prosecuting this case for the government.”