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Friday, November 17, 2023

Lubbock Woman And Daughter Who Bought Firearm For Mexican Cartel Sentenced

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Two women who were accused of buying firearms from a federally firearm license (FFL) dealer in Lubbock in December 2022, were sentenced on Thursday to a combined 18 months in federal prison, according to plea papers.

Cassandra Gonzalez, 51, and Imajah Tierra Cervantes, her 29-year-old daughter, were indicted in March, a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty in June to false statements during the purchase of a firearm and was sentenced in October to 6 months in federal prison for False Material Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm. The press release said that Cervantes pleaded guilty in July to straw purchasing of a firearm and was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison.

The plea papers detailed that on Dec. 30, 2022, Gonzalez confirmed that she was purchasing the firearm for herself and said she lived in Garland, Texas – an address that did not match her actual address in Lubbock.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives’ agents contacted the Lubbock FFL and notified them of the address issue, the press release said. ATF learned that Gonzalez planned to return to the store on Jan. 4, 2023, to complete the transaction.

On that date, agents observed Gonzalez and Cervantes purchase the firearm, intercepted the women, took custody of the rifle and separated them for questioning.

Gonzalez admitted that the address she used on the ATF form was not correct, but initially maintained that she purchased the rifle for herself.

Cervantes, however, told agents that a Mexican man living in Dallas provided her with the money to purchase the rifle, and said that she and her mother were going to receive $2,000 for purchasing the firearm and delivering it to the man, who she knew was affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel, the press release said. She admitted that she’d delivered a gun to him before and that she knew the man intended to use the firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Gonzalez then admitted that she lied on the form, knowing full well that she intended to purchase the firearm not for herself, but on behalf of another person.

According to the press release, the ATF Dallas Field Division – Lubbock Resident Agency conducted the investigation.

Lubbock, Texas


  1. Multiply that by thousands of times!!

  2. I seen a Lot of people figthing que si Michoacán or sinaloa my boy puro United states 🇺🇲 con la gente americana no se juega 🇺🇲💪 proud american Simon que si
    El Oaxaca americano

    1. Puro Denver Colorado tierra delos marijuanos

    2. Supposed to show American flag and Mexico flag dual citizen.

  3. Excellent 👍 work.
    Straw buying will bite you on the butt.
    When they spend time in prison, they will contemplate, that the weapon was for the sole purpose of killing people in Mexico.

  4. Not Mexican related but big hit in Montreal Canada this morning

  5. ATF doesn’t have the authority to arrest you unless you tell on yourself 🤦🏽. Should’ve kept quiet and filled out another 4473 with the same address as her Driver License. Dummy!!!

    1. ATF has the authority Mijo. Federal Agency with Federal Police powers.
      Don't be a Dummy.

    2. Wonder what would happen if they just dont talk...
      maybe even get an attorney

      Always amazes me when people actually talk to police
      You would think they would go silent

    3. Nothing happens when you don’t talk. It’s legal to buy and gun if your legally allowed to. Her dumbass friend ratted her out which is why she got caught

    4. So your telling me they cant do anything else? That sounds way to easy

      they just get a warrant to search everything and see if she still has the firearms no?

    5. 10:10
      Obviously 😅 like many youngsters in here, you did not read the article. I tell my son, read your history book on the chapter the quiz is coming, if he choose not to read an F on the quiz, but if read gets an A.
      A Red Flag appears do to something else read the article.

    6. Can anyone answer guy at 11:10
      I'm interested as well

  6. @ 10:10
    What happens @ 11:10 what said


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