By Guillermo Contreras
San Antonio Express-News
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics undercover agent Francisco Javier Reyes Luna is facing three counts of federal firearm violations.
Three firearms seizures in South Texas this year, totaling 131 weapons headed toward Mexico, appeared unrelated, until federal agents traced several of the weapons to an unlikely source.
This week, agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested a now-former agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs on charges that he bought and sold high-powered guns for illegal export to Mexico.
Francisco Javier Reyes, 29, is suspected of running the underground venture while he worked for the Oklahoma anti-drug agency, court records show. He was released on bail. Neither Reyes nor his lawyer returned calls seeking comment.
Court papers said Reyes recruited at least two men to act as “straw buyers” to purchase .50-caliber guns and assault-style rifles for him in Oklahoma. One has not been charged, and the other has since died under circumstances that relatives said are suspicious, according to court records.
The documents said Reyes paid the buyers $50 to $100 for each gun they bought, which made him a target of Project Gunrunner, an ATF initiative aimed at gun traffickers.
The documents also said a tribal police officer who sold Reyes an assault rifle told agents that “Reyes is always looking for assault rifles and even .50-caliber rifles.”
In April, agents seized 28 guns headed to Laredo, and 11 of them were traced back to Oklahoma. ATF agents questioned people who recalled having sold two of the weapons, both assault rifles, to Reyes, court records said.
In May, Border Patrol agents near La Coste, in Medina County, came across a Ford pickup that had 59 assault rifles hidden in a load of plywood. One of them was traced back to Reyes.
Weapons seized from Cristobal Riojas on May 27, 2010 in South Texas
The truck's driver, Christobal Riojas Jr. of Dallas, was indicted June 9 in Del Rio on charges of smuggling firearms. He is awaiting trial.
In June, the ATF monitored the sale of a Barrett .50-caliber gun between a cooperating witness and Reyes, court records said. The officers also watched as the gun was moved from a vehicle Reyes was driving into others, eventually winding up in suburban Dallas.
On June 15, that gun was found in a load of 44 firearms in separate cars that agents had followed to Eagle Pass. The cars' drivers were arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety, but details of their charges were not immediately available.
“ATF is trying to neutralize, as best we can, the flow of guns and ammo to the southern border,” said Michael A. Golson, assistant special agent in charge of the ATF in Dallas, which oversees Oklahoma City. “It's a very serious problem, and ATF will be relentless, not just in the pursuit of gun traffickers, but gun-trafficking organizations.”
Agents Make Second Arrest in Mexican Firearms Smuggling Scheme
By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9
Gregorio Martinez Morales was arrested Tuesday in connection with a firearms smuggling scheme involving Mexican drug cartels.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Federal authorities have arrested a second person in connection with a gun smuggling scheme allegedly organized by a former Oklahoma drug agent.
On Tuesday, August 10, Gregorio Martinez Morales was taken into custody. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided Morales' homes in Lewisville, Texas where they found weapons and cash, according to authorities.
Morales, 35, is now in custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Haskell, Texas. A spokesman for the ICE office in Dallas said Morales is being held on immigration violation charges and is currently being processed for deportation.
"For privacy reasons we can't release anything more than that, but we can tell you the deportation process could take some time," said ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok.
According to ATF agents, Morales is connected to a gun smuggling scheme orchestrated by former Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agent Francisco Javier Reyes.
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read the federal complaint against Francisco Javier Reyes