Feds hit S.A. group accused of buying guns for cartel
By Guillermo Contreras/San Antonio Express News
More than a dozen San Antonio-area residents have been arrested on charges that they bought high-powered tactical rifles for the Zetas in Mexico.
Federal agents were still hauling some of the defendants into federal court in San Antonio this week after obtaining federal indictments in Del Rio.
Thirteen were in custody Monday, charged with making false statements during the purchase of a firearm and/or aiding and abetting the smuggling of goods from the United States, records show.
The indictments said the defendants bought M4s and DTI-15s, both rifles of 5.56-caliber whose primary target audience is current and former military members, according to several ads on the Internet. It was not immediately clear if any of the defendants had military backgrounds, but records say they are accused of buying a total of 18 of the rifles at gun stores in San Antonio beginning Oct. 11.
Most are alleged “straw buyers” – U.S. residents with clean backgrounds accused of buying the guns for someone else. One of them, Salvador Martinez, age unavailable, is accused of being a facilitator because he obtained four DTI-15 rifles despite having no legal immigration status in the U.S. and having a domestic violence conviction.
Also charged are Abigail Sabrina Treviño, 22; Wayne R. Dixon, 53; Rey David De La O-Rodriguez, age unavailable; Jasmine Leeann Gordo, 22; Frank Hernandez, age unavailable; Louis Christopher Martinez, 24; Jessica Marie Cortes, 22; Patricio Nova, 32; Amanda Lopez, age unavailable; Denise Ordaz, 19; Elisa Hernandez Ramirez, 24, of Devine; and Jonathan Paul Barrera, 28 of Del Rio.
Sheriff deputies seize assault rifle magazines
PRESS RELEASE - On Wednesday, Februrary 1st, the Maverick County Sheriff's Office responded to an anonymous call regarding a green duffle bag by the side of the canal located on Eidson Road near Leonard's Orchards entrance gate.
Upon arrival, the Maverick County Sheriff Deputy responding to the call was able to locate the green duffle bag by a brush area of said location. Further investigation by the deputy resulted in the discovery of several AK-47 assault rifle magazines inside the green duffle bag. The green duffle bag and magazines were confiscated and brought to the Maverick County Sheriff's Office where a total of 95 Ak-47 assault magazines were discovered.
Case pending further investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division