but a claim in ATF news release that all the weapons were 'intercepted before making it into Mexico' raise questions about 'gunwalking'
Federal agents have raided a prominent gun shop in the border city of Laredo, Texas, and arrested the owner and his wife on charges that they attempted to sell piles of weapons and ammunition to Mexican drug gangs.
"We're talking about close to 40,000 rounds of ammunition for assault rifles and more than 700 magazines for high-capacity assault rifles," Homeland Security Spokeswoman Nina Pruneda tells 1200 WOAI news.
Agents also raided the home of Robert Jacaman Sr. and his wife Veronica Jacaman before taking them into custody on charges that could land them in prison for life.
The indictment claims that the Jacamans knew the product was destined for Mexico.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson says more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition were of the 7.62x39mm variety used in the AK-47 assault rifle, which is a very popular weapon among Mexican drug dealers and their militias.
"Today's arrests demonstrate our commitment to responding of illegal munitions into Mexico," Magidson said.
He says all of the weapons were 'intercepted before being delivered to Mexico.' He will ask a federal judge that they be held without bond, on charges of conspiring to provide ammunition and firearm magazines for smuggling into Mexico, selling ammunition to illegal aliens, and to a convicted felon, and selling an assault rifle to a convicted felon.
Mexican government officials have long maintained that the flow of weapons from the U.S. into Mexico, which has far stricter rules on the individual purchase of firearms, fuels the bloody turf war between rival drug trafficking organizations, which has claimed an estimated 50,000 lives since 2006.