Gun-smuggling ring leader sentenced in Los Zetas scheme
July 25th 2012 · 2 Comments
Marino Castro to serve 22 years in federal prison
Marino Castro, Jr. 27, of San Antonio, along with 21 others, conspired to illegally purchase firearms from San Antonio-area gun dealers and then smuggle them into Mexico to members of the Los Zetas drug trafficking organization, court records stated.
Authorities intercepted five different shipments attributed to this trafficking cell and seized more than 200 firearms, including handguns, AK-47 and AR¬15-style assault rifles and one .50 caliber Barrett sniper rifle, between May and August 2010.
“This case illustrates the federal government’s commitment to stem the tide of firearms being illegally smuggled into Mexico, where they are frequently employed in the violent drug trade,” Pitman said. “The message here is that if you smuggle firearms or assist smugglers in obtaining firearms illegally, you are not only morally responsible for how these firearms are being used to commit atrocious crimes in Mexico, but you will face severe consequences under the law.”
A version of this column originally appeared in www.ksat.com.
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