Seven sentenced for firearms smuggling

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A group of people from Houston all plead guilty in a conspiracy to smuggle dozens of AK-47 rifles across the border with Mexico.

Prosecutors say three people purchased the weapons in Houston with the intent of handing them over to a co-conspirator who cannot legally purchase a firearm.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (KRIS) - A group of people from Houston all plead guilty in a conspiracy to smuggle dozens of AK-47 rifles across the border with Mexico.

The investigation started in late 2013 with a traffic stop along Highway 77 near Kingsville. Members of the Kingsville Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force found 35 rifles stashed in a hidden compartment in the back of a pickup truck cab. Authorities also found $26,000 in cash.

Prosecutors say three people purchased the weapons in Houston with the intent of handing them over to a co-conspirator who cannot legally purchase a firearm. The others involved started the scheme and drove the weapons south.

All of the defendants face up to 5 years in prison when sentenced later this year.

Javier Resendez, 29
Abel Lopez, 34
Arturo Garcia, 30
Roberto Santana Mears, 22
Mary Bel Deanda, 39
Martha Gonzales, 41
Angel Aquino-Pineda, 27


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