Tucson man gets 63 months prison time for attempt to export 9,000 rounds of ammo to Mexicoby Hugh Holub on Jul. 20, 2011, under crime, politics
Press Release from US ATtorney’s Office — Arizona July 20, 2011:
TUCSON MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 5 YEARS PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED EXPORT OF 9,000 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION
TUCSON, Ariz. – Jesus Francisco Lopez, 35, of Tucson, was sentenced on Tuesday to 63 months in prison for attempted unlawful exportation of ammunition, by U.S. District Judge David C. Bury. Lopez was convicted of his offense following a jury trial on April 21, 2011.
The evidence at trial showed that between October 2009 and December 2010, Lopez had purchased several hundred thousand rounds of various calibers of ammunition. On December 28, 2010, two Mexican citizens entered the United States in van and drove to Tucson where they met with Lopez. Lopez led them to his house in Tucson where together all three men loaded 9,000 rounds of ammunition into the van, concealing the ammunition in the engine compartment. The two Mexican citizens were then stopped driving the van containing the ammunition back toward Mexico, and agents discovered the 9,000 rounds of ammunition hidden under the hood. The two Mexican citizens were also charged in this matter, pleaded guilty prior to trial, and are serving prison sentences. A subsequent search of Lopez’s house revealed an additional 19,750 rounds of ammunition, which was to be picked up to be taken to Mexico the following day. The evidence introduced at trial established that – despite his denials — Lopez was aware that the ammunition was destined for Mexico.
The investigation leading to the guilty verdict was conducted by Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations; with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The prosecution was handled by Angela Woolridge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-0248-TUC-DCB
RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-152(Lopez)
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