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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Uvalde, Texas Gun Store was Once Linked to Cartel Ammo Smuggling Bust in 2009

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Oasis Outback, the store in Uvalde, TX where the recent AR-15 rifle purchases by the school shooter were handled once sold over 10,000 rounds of ammo to a cartel arms smuggler. Currently, the gun section of the store is closed.

The Texas gun store where teen school shooter Salvador Ramos got an AR-15 style rifle before the school massacre was previously part of an ammunition smuggling case involving a Mexican drug cartel, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2009, a businessman from Uvalde’s neighboring town of Eagle Pass was accused of trying to smuggle more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico, ICE said.

Fred Farhat, 48, the owner of Farhat's Boots and Jeans was sentenced in 2011 to five years in federal prison for conspiring to smuggle more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Farhat pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 3. According to court records, on March 31, 2009, Farhat conspired with 34-year-old Noemi Carreon-Gonzalez of Eagle Pass and her husband, Ivan Ramos-Gonzalez, to purchase the ammunition from Oasis Outback L.L.C. in Uvalde, Texas, and ultimately smuggle the ammunition into Mexico.

During three separate transactions within a three-hour period, Farhat paid almost $6,000 cash for more than 10,000 rounds of .223 and 5.56 x 45 mm ammunition. Farhat transported the ammunition to his business and repackaged the ammunition. He and Ivan Ramos-Gonzalez then loaded the ammunition into Ramos-Gonzalez's vehicle. 

While at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry Bridge #1, he attempted to enter Piedras Negras, Mexico, when Ramos-Gonzalez and Carreon-Gonzalez hit a northbound vehicle making them flee on foot into Mexico. Mexican authorities responding to the scene of the accident recovered all of the ammunition and gun magazines and pistol clips from the defendants' vehicle.

In addition to Farhat's prison term, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses ordered Farhat to pay a $1,000 fine and $4,431.10 restitution to the victims of the vehicle accident on the Bridge. On Oct. 8, 2010, Carreon-Gonzalez was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to the same charge. Ramos-Gonzalez, who remains a fugitive, is charged with one count of conspiracy and a substantive count of smuggling ammunition from the United States.

Oasis Outback did not break the law with the sale, since there is nothing requiring the store to track or report the purchase of bullets in the state of Texas.

Texas law does not impose a minimum age for the purchase or possession of ammunition, nor does it require the seller of ammunition to make a record of the purchaser nor requires a license for the purchase or possession of ammunition. Federal licensees have to report the sale of two or more handguns if they happen within five days of each other, but sellers in Texas along with New Mexico, Arizona, and California also have to report the sale of certain rifles, including AR-platform rifles, if they are bought within five days of each other. Texas doesn’t have any limits on multiple purchases. The ATF said its database is often searched for patterns and red flags.

Texas prohibits the transfer of ammunition to some, but not all, of the people who are prohibited from purchasing firearms under state law. More specifically, Texas prohibits any person from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly selling ammunition to any person who is intoxicated, and from knowingly selling ammunition to any person who has been convicted of a felony before the fifth anniversary of the later of 1) the person’s release from confinement following conviction of the felony; or 2) the person’s release from supervision under community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision following conviction of the felony.

36 comments:

  1. Where were the captain America gun rights advocates at to prevent this?

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    1. The “radical left” hasn’t even mentioned this. So much for their “agenda”

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    2. 5:09 the extreme right will soon discover ANTIFA did it like Jan6 to smear lawful gun owners that needs to buy more and more and more guns...

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  2. What the Uvalde police did on the school shooting was despicable. What a way to protect and serve.

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    1. It's not their fault or the shooters though. It's the guns fault...I wonder why the guy shot dead by a woman with a cc pistol at a wva graduation isn't all over the news...

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  3. Cops delayed help thanks to the school chief more students, died that day.

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  4. One of the teachers husband could not bear he lost his wife of 30 years , that he died of a heart attack 2 days later.
    The school killer showed signs to people, that he was mentally unstable, but no one said a word, (see something say something) until it was too late.

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  5. A 5 year old can purchase AR15 in any red states. Grandma can purchase bazooka in any red state. They don’t give a hoho if your head gets blown off. It’s all about the profit baby!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Ted Kruzinsky, alias Cancun Ted says it was the devil's fault and a Democrats' conspiracy, now he is pushing for doorless schools...

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    2. Teddy Cancun only needs exit door at schools. Time for another vacation to Cancun, eh teddy boy?

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    3. An idiot like Ted Cruz being an elected official tells you everything you need to know about America

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    4. Ted was elected because of his powerful speech, then he elected to become one of donald tromp's ass kissing senators, he must have got bought and paid by Bladdermir Putin like the rest of the trumpistas...

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    5. I myself didn’t think that I would dislike someone more than Donald Trump until Ted Cruz.

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    6. We're can I buy a bazooka at? And ammo also? Were can my 5 year old buy an actual ar.15? Your an idiot. I bet you hate cops till you need em also

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  6. Texas gun laws are a disgrace how is it acceptable for kids to be able to buy ammunition when these school shootings keep happening.

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    1. The shooter was allowed to buy an assualt rifle and ammo
      I am not sure if he had to go through a 10 day background check, by FBI or Texas is so lax, that once he turned 18 he can purchase,

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    2. Yeah, you can’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes until you’re 21 but you can buy an assault rifle as soon as you turn 18? The adult brain isn’t even fully developed until roughly 25 years old. It’s like America isn’t even trying

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    3. 5:33 blame abbott and his motherfucking wheel chair's revenge, he is mad he never got invited to cocaine and sex oily creepublican't parties like Madison Hawthorne and gazpacho mtg of the pastry dishes...somebody needs to check her stools, she wants to keep the government from seeing them, must be thick red, long, caliber 50 and russian.

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    4. I am sorry, it is hard but I'm trying..."peach tree dishes"

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  7. I worked at a middle school a few hours from Uvalde. I had students that were "suspended" from school for a variety of reasons. I found our School Police basically useless and often intentionally didnt look into serious issues. I think their attitude was guided by the Superintendent etc. to keep problems quiet. I can almost promise this Uvalde killer has a "history" at school that is being purposefully overlooked or not recorded well. But its there.

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    1. That's very interesting. Thank you for sharing your insight into how things work in the area.

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    2. Uvalde police must have been infiltrated by private security contractors that provide their "useless training" in exchange for the lion's share of city moneys...

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  8. Everyone messed up in Uvalde starting with the teacher who left the door open to every officer from all departments to the Governor All Cowards.

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    1. The latest update to that they are now saying, the teacher tried to lock the door as the shooter was coming, but the door would not lock.

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    2. Some want to stop the "blame game" and start blaming the easy access to guns, republicans even passed laws allowing the mentally defective to buy guns...the NRA needs more money for their leadership summer houses with young interns, fine designer suits and to buy ret lt col Oliver North's silence...

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  9. Grown-ass men with guns and body armor wouldn't risk their lives to try and save defenseless little kids. Sorry-ass bastards.

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    1. Yes they would, you haven't seen the whole story.
      The Chief of the school police, that lies a lot like Trump, told emergency law enforcement to stand down until SWAT came in.

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    2. 6:29 the police chief has been elevated to city councilman...
      Just in time before he is forced to resign for his stupid stand down order.

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  10. How about that racist POS representative from Arizona Paul A Gosar. Dumbass claimed the Uvalde mass murderer was a "leftist transexual illegal alien".
    Más imbécil no se puede ser

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    1. Yeah those dumb ass theories were posted all over 4Chan, which makes what you said about Gossar even more pathetic

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    2. Dumb ass white boys hide behind the second amendment to traffic firearms and ammo

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  11. PS the Union did a wonderful job of it vs the South a few years before, then pardoned the seditious insurrects...

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  12. Its Juarez cleaning job affecting El Paso Texas or Texas Because Of the FBI Giving support and weapons to their rivales. Government are the most messy ones http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2022/06/hitmen-dressed-as-fge-agents-kidnap.html

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  13. Plenty of shady stuff going down in all those Texas border towns . from drug trafficking to gun running, murder and anything in between. like any other town there are good people and bad people but it only takes a few rotten apples. Mexico is proof of that. I'm sure once DOJ, FBI, etc. start digging deeper, looking into all those politicians along the Texas border theyll be staring a pile of skeletons a mile high.

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