Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Two Texans Sentenced for Illicit Firearms Trafficking to Mexico

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In recent legal developments, two Texas residents have received prison sentences for their involvement in the illegal trafficking of firearms to Mexico, a case highlighting the ongoing efforts to combat cross-border arms smuggling.

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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland expressed the Justice Department's commitment to addressing gun trafficking, stating, “Traffickers in fully automatic firearms from the United States to Mexico aid in the cartels’ efforts to manufacture dangerous drugs and smuggle them into our country. The Justice Department will do everything in its power to find and hold accountable the gun traffickers who are arming the cartels."

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Similarly, ATF Director Steven Dettelbach emphasized the bureau's determination to thwart the flow of ghost guns to Mexican cartels, utilizing tools provided by new legislation like the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Jaime Jesus Esquivel, 37, of Laredo, faced a 120-month prison term followed by 3 years of supervised release. His offenses included possession of a machine gun, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to possess intent to distribute cocaine. Esquivel acknowledged his role in producing and exporting automatic firearms to Mexico, intended for drug cartel use.

Jose Abraham Nicanor, 34, of Houston, received a 60-month sentence following a jury's conviction on 13 counts, including illegal firearm purchases and trafficking. Evidence showed Nicanor's involvement in organizing straw purchases of high-caliber rifles, with many firearms later found with Mexican drug trafficking groups.

Investigations revealed Esquivel's assembly of ghost guns, including AR-type automatic rifles and conversion devices, from various weapon components. Law enforcement seized numerous firearms, ammunition, and drugs during searches.

Nicanor's activities, proven through trial evidence, demonstrated a systematic approach to violating firearm laws. Both Jefferson and Garcia, his associates in straw purchasing, have already faced sentencing.

These cases, investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, ATF, Laredo Police Department, and aided by Mexican authorities, underscore the complexities of firearms trafficking and the collaborative efforts needed to address it. As these prosecutions conclude, they highlight the relentless pursuit of justice in the fight against international arms smuggling.

1 comment:

  1. "Texans" is misleading. They're Hispanics resident in Texas. More anti White wordplay