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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Del Río, Texas: Mexican National Charged with Smuggling Firearms Into Mexico

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A federal grand jury in Del Rio returned an indictment last week charging a Mexican national with conspiring and attempting to smuggle firearms and ammunition into Mexico from the United States.

According to court documents, Jose Jesus Hernandez-Valle, 54, conspired with others to smuggle a 9mm pistol, a .40 caliber pistol, and more than 200 rounds of ammunition and other related firearm accessories into Mexico.  The firearms were discovered and seized by Border Patrol Agents at the Del Rio International Port of Entry on Nov. 2.

Hernandez-Valle is charged with one count of conspiracy to smuggle goods from the U.S. and one count of smuggling goods from the U.S.  The defendant is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Dec. 29 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Collis White of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. 

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on the conspiracy count and 10 years in prison for the smuggling goods count.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza of the Western District of Texas and Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Antonio Division made the announcement.

HSI and the U.S. Border Patrol are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary Bird and Alex Brown are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Justice. Gov


  1. Time served, smuggling arms in the service of their country is no sin.

  2. Jose Jesus Hernandez your hands have blood on them, you think those guns are for killing deer? Nope they are used for killing human beings in Mexico. Look like some time in the Pokey will set your mind straight.

  3. 5:12pm Or they are to defend themselves since the National Guard rations there bullets.

    1. There used to be a time, that Mexico had no checkpoint to check what comes into Mexico.
      Now I hear they do, but I am sure bribing at the checkpoints, will be let in with guns and ammo.

    2. 6:46 the US had no checkpoints before entering México, then they discovered the ants bringing in Billions and billions of dollars, guards get paid by the US and they get to keep everything they find.
      In México there was no inspection coming in and much less going out, you can still get away with shit for a kickback, 5 dollars sometimes.


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