Filed Under:  Crime, EL Paso, Gun Trafficking, New Mexico

Court hearing for El Paso Border Patrol agent, girlfriend accused of gun smuggling rescheduled for next week

April 13th 2012   ·   3 Comments

A scheduled detention hearing for an El Paso Border Patrol agent and his girlfriend, each accused of gun smuggling, was rescheduled today after some legal wrangling over which attorneys would represent them.

The detention hearing, otherwise known as a bond hearing, is now set for Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Mesa.

Accused in the case are Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Montalvo, 28, and his girlfriend, Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, 29. Federal agents arrested the couple on Monday following their indictment on conspiracy, fire arms and smuggling charges.

They were the target of an investigation that lasted more than a year, said officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico.

JOIN US

Yes, U.S. Open Borders,

Stands with you to Secure Our Border. President Obama and the federal government has failed to do its job so we must stand united to protect America!

Earlier this week, attorney Sergio Coronado told a federal judge that he would be representing Montalvo, while lawyer Leonard Morales was appointed to represent Gonzales-Ortiz.

However, during today’s hearing Coronado filed a request to withdraw as Montalvo’s attorney, stating he would instead be representing Gonzales-Ortiz. Sib Abraham also indicated to Mesa during Friday’s hearing that he would represent Montalvo.

Federal prosecutors objected to the attorney substitutions, citing a “conflict of interest” because Coronado had been serving as Montalvo’s attorney since the investigation against Montalvo began last summer.

Following a brief recess, Coronado withdrew his requests to the court and told Mesa he would continue representing Montalvo. Morales also told Mesa he would stay on as Gonzales-Ortiz’s lawyer.

The couple is accused of buying high-powered weapons and large amounts of ammunition to be smuggled to Mexico. Their indictment states Montalvo bought ammunition and firearms, such as AK-47-type pistols favored by Mexican drug cartels, but the document does not specify to whom the weapons were going to be sold.

Montalvo also bought about 20,000 rounds of ammo, 97 high-capacity magazines — including 10 100-round magazines for 5.56-mm rifles — and four 37-mm flare launchers that drug cartels can convert to grenade launchers, the indictment alleged.

Montalvo and Gonzales-Ortiz allegedly made the purchases knowing that the guns and ammo were intended to be smuggled to Mexico. The indictment does not disclose whether any of the weapons were actually taken into Mexico.

Related Posts:

Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Readers Comments (3)

  1. Ben Packard says:

    Is Eric Holder driving car 54?

  2. Ben Packard says:

    Is Eric Holder driving car 54?

  3. IF she is guilty then she goes up the river. And, if she is, I hope they convict her of being an accomplice to murder. On many occasions.





Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

What is 10 + 13 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

BEWARE

There may be graphic photographs that accompany some articles in the body of this report. It is not our intention to sensationalize. We include these photos in order to give to you, the American public, a clearer understanding of the seriousness of the situation we are in.

Polls

Why do you think the drug cartels are more violent in Mexico than the U.S.A.

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Loading

Facebook



Opinions expressed by contributing writers are expressly their own and may or may not represent the opinions of The US Open Borders usopenborders.com, its editorial staff, board or organization. Reprint inquiries should be directed to the author of the article. Contact the editor for a link request to The US Open Borders. The US Open Borders is not affiliated with any mainstream media organizations. The US Open Borders is not supported by any political organization. The US Open Borders is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational initiative. Responsibility for the accuracy of cited content is expressly that of the contributing author. All original content offered by The US Open Borders is copyrighted. US Open Borders goal is the liberation of the American voter from partisan politics and special interests in government through the primary-source, fact-based education of the American people.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance a more in-depth understanding of critical issues facing the world. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.