Tucson Couple Sentenced For Smuggling Rifles Into Mexico
A Tucson couple accused of smuggling more than a dozen rifles into Mexico was sentenced to federal prison.
The pair admitted to smuggling 16 AK variety semiautomatic rifles and a three larger .50-caliber rifles into Mexico in 2017. The guns were provided to a drug trafficker in that country, federal records show.
Both received about five-year-long prison sentences.
Their prosecution comes just days after a Mexican man was caught with several semi-auto rifles as he was leaving Arizona for Mexico.
Earlier this week, Mexico’s top diplomat vowed that country would freeze illicit weapons trafficking from the U.S.