Guadalajara resident convicted of attempting to smuggle firearms through the Progreso port of entry
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Guadalajara resident convicted of attempting to smuggle firearms through the Progreso port of entry

Guadalajara resident convicted of attempting to smuggle firearms through the Progreso port of entry

A 68-year-old resident of Guadalajara, Mexico, was convicted of attempting to smuggle multiple firearms and ammunition through the Progreso port of entry, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani said Jose De Jesus Pena Dieguez pleaded guilty on March 27 and was sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release.

Hamdani said that during the trial, the court heard additional evidence that Dieguez had exported firearms to Mexico on several occasions.

On January 11, Dieguez attempted to enter Mexico in a Nissan Xterra through the Progreso Port of Entry.

Hamdani said that during the inspection, authorities noticed tampering with the screws of the storage compartment connected to the vehicle’s roof rack. X-ray examination also “revealed anomalies” in the compartment.

The search revealed 16 firearms, 31 gun magazines, various gun parts and 800 rounds of ammunition. According to Hamdani, Dieguez admitted to purchasing the firearm with the intention of illegally exporting it to Mexico.

Dieguez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.