(CNSNews.com) – A Mexican police officer has been sentenced to 21 months in U.S. federal prison for attempting to unlawfully export 1,300 rounds of ammunition across the southwest border into Mexico, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
A federal jury in
According to evidence presented during trial, the attorney’s office stated, on
Using his personal debit card, the defendant purchased 1,200 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and 100 round of 9mm ammunition from Russell’s True Value Hardware in
Ruiz-Uitzil claimed that he was simply planning to use the ammo for training officers at the Acuña police station.
However, federal prosecutors provided evidence indicating that in order to legally obtain ammunition, Mexican law enforcement must go through the Mexican military, not private gun dealers in the
Ruiz-Uitzil was caught after a salesman from the store in
The ICE agent went on to alert outbound inspectors at the
The investigation was conducted by agents from ICE and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component of DHS.
U.S. Attorney Robert Brady Jr. served as the prosecutor representing the