Man convicted of trying to smuggle firearms into Mexico
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Man convicted of trying to smuggle firearms into Mexico

McALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A Guadalajara man has been sentenced after trying to smuggle firearms and ammunition on a vehicle’s roof rack, the U.S. attorney’s office announced.

On March 27, Jose De Jesus Pena Dieguez pleaded guilty. On Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Randy Crane ordered Dieguez to serve two years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

On Jan. 11, Dieguez attempted to enter Mexico in a Nissan Xterra through the Progreso port of entry, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

During the inspection, authorities observed tampering with the screws of the storage compartment connected to the vehicle’s roof rack. Additionally, as stated in the announcement, the X-ray revealed anomalies in the compartment.

Authorities found 16 firearms, 31 gun magazines, various gun parts and 800 rounds of ammunition.

According to the release, Dieguez admitted to authorities that he had purchased the weapons and planned to illegally export them to Mexico.

“During the trial, the court heard additional evidence that Dieguez had previously exported firearms to Mexico on several occasions,” said Alamdar S. Hamdani, U.S. attorney.

Dieguez is awaiting transfer to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.