Fredy Garcia, a Mexican illegal immigrant, was arrested in Brownsville, Texas after attempting to purchase an M-203 Grenade Launcher. Authorities are still investigating whether or not the weapons were intended for a drug cartel, although the apprehended subject was headed to Mexico before his arrest.
Breitbart News reports:
An open case on Garcia began on February 6 when he tried to pay for a grenade launcher and AK-47 rifles from an undercover Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosive agent. The purchase amount totaled to $5,000 and he gave the agent a $300 down payment. An additional ATF agent noted Garcia’s claims to be securing weaponry for a man known as Oscar Garcia Mendez.
The next day, Garcia met with the undercover agent for delivery in Los Fresnos, Texas and was swiftly taken into custody. He was then charged with one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and sentenced to held without bond due to his status of an illegal immigrant, which posed a flight risk. This is not Garcia’s first run in with the law. One June 1, 2015, he was arrested near the border of Roma for attempting illegal entry. He pleaded guilty, served 30 days in jail and was deported immediately afterwards.
Two additional illegal aliens, Dulce Rippstine, 36, and Juan Segura, 56, were arrested by federal authorities. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and are believed to have given orders for other people to purchase weapons on their behalf to smuggle them into Mexico. The case against Rippstine and Segura began when authorities arrested Jose Luis Mendez for purchasing an AK-47 style rifle and trying to smuggle it into Mexico. Further investigation into Mendez’s case file confirmed that he bought at AK-47 in Brownsville and gave it to Olvera and Rippstine.
Mendez foolishly lied on federal forms, presenting himself as the buyer of the weapon . In actuality, he was the straw purchaser. His duplicity prompted ATF agents to charge Mendez with one count of straw purchasing.
Written by Gabrielle Seunagal