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Man involved in Mexican gun-smuggling ring sentenced to federal prison
By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas A man found guilty of running a firearms-smuggling ring was sentenced to federal prison Monday.
Julio Adrian Pesqueira-Galaviz was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for leading a weapons-smuggling ring to arm members of the Sinaloa Drug Trafficking Organization in Mexico, federal officials said.
Pesqueira-Galaviz admitted to buying firearms and giving money to others to buy firearms from El Paso area gun dealers, officials said. The purchased guns include a Barrett .50-caliber rifle and several military-style semi-automatic firearms, including AK-47s, AR-15s and Draco 7.62x39-caliber pistols.
Officials said that on June 26, Pesqueira-Galaviz pleaded guilty to one county each of conspiracy to make a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, false statement during the purchase of a firearm and conspiracy to transfer a firearm for use in a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime.
Officials said Pesqueira-Galaviz is the first to be sentenced of 11 people charged in this case.