Indicted in a bid to smuggle weapons into a Mexican drug cartel 6


Los Angeles (AP) — Authorities charged on Monday with attempting to smuggle hundreds of thousands of ammunition, including offensive weapons and .50 caliber armor-piercing shells, into one of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels. Was done.

Marco Antonio Santilan Valencia, 51, Whittier, Calif., And three other men arrested last week, the fifth detained on separate charges in North Carolina, and the sixth. Is believed to be Mexico. The US law firm said.

The man has been accused of violating federal export laws by smuggling weapons into Mexico for Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación. Some are also facing other smuggling or money laundering charges.

According to a statement from a U.S. law firm, men use drug money to buy legally available weapons and ammunition in Oregon and Nevada to deliver to a “hidden place” in Nevada. Sometimes I ordered a pallet of bullets.

The operation began in March 2020 and lasted for about a year. Meanwhile, some items were sent to Mexico, and authorities seized other items, including assault rifles and hundreds of thousands of ammunition. In Arizona, officials said.

Authorities also confiscated assault rifle parts and kits for assembling the Minigun. The Minigun is a 6-barrel rotary machine gun capable of firing up to 6,000 rounds per minute.

“The incident alleges plans to provide military-grade firepower to a major drug trafficking organization that commits indescribable violence in Mexico to promote its goal of flooding the United States with dangerous and deadly drugs. “We have,” said US lawyer Tracy L. Wilxon.

The man was indicted last month by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. Santilan and two other Southern California men pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles on January 19. Marco Santilan Jr., 29, the son of Santilan in Pahrump, Nevada, was ordered to sue on February 2. It was not immediately clear if there was a lawyer to speak for him.