Starr County (TX) man accused of purchasing 40K rounds of ammo destined for Mexico


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No wonder we still have an ammo shortage.

Starr County man accused of purchasing 40K rounds of ammo destined for Mexico​

Mark Reagan - The Monitor
November 9, 2021

Rivera, who is temporarily being held without bond, is scheduled for a detention hearing Wednesday afternoon.

The investigation into Rivera began on Feb. 28, 2020, after an HSI agent stationed at Falcon Dam received information that the suspect was making bulk ammunition purchases, and records obtained by the agent indicated Rivera previously purchased thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.

After HSI received this information, special agents set up surveillance outside of Rivera’s Alto Bonito residence where they observed a UPS truck deliver six boxes addressed to Rivera.

Federal authorities say each box contained 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
So special agents gave Rivera a call and he agreed to an interview that occurred at the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station.
HSI says Rivera waived his Miranda rights and agreed to speak without the presence of an attorney.
Rivera says he met a person from Mexico in Rio Grande City who offered to pay him to purchase ammunition that would be smuggled into Mexico, and Rivera agreed because he needed money, according to the complaint.

According to investigators, Rivera admitted that he had already purchased ammunition on previous occasions that was destined to be smuggled into Mexico.

“Rivera stated on previous occasions that the ammunition was removed from its packaging, repackaged, and concealed inside a vehicle so that it could be illegally exported from the United States to Mexico,” the complaint stated.

Starr County man accused of purchasing 40K rounds of ammo destined for Mexico


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smuggling ammo into Mexico is as big a business as smuggling people in.

The amount of ammo found concealed in vehicles being exported there is mind blowing.

and then there is this

whole eeeee sh*t

7 million rounds were stolen, 5 million recovered

Mexican authorities said they have recovered most of a shipment of bullets stolen from two U.S.-bound tractor-trailers in central Mexico June 9.

About 5 million bullets were found in the Mexican municipality of San Luis de La Paz in the state of Guanajuato, about 19 miles from where the bullets were stolen, Mexico’s National Guard (GN) reported Friday.

GN agents tweeted they “located a dry box-type trailer about to collapse loaded with various boxes of useful cartridges. According to preliminary information, this shipment is linked to the two trailers loaded with stolen weapons from [Guanajuato].”

More than 7 million rounds of small caliber ammunition bound for the U.S. were reported stolen from two northbound trucks headed to Texas by armed assailants on a highway near the town of La Cabaña del Rey.

Both the drivers and the escort units guarding the shipment reportedly were threatened at gunpoint. The thieves removed the trailers from the tractors and towed them away in other units, according to authorities. The truck drivers and security personnel were unharmed.

The shipment was mostly .22 caliber and .38 caliber bullets, often used in rifles for target practice or small game hunting, according to authorities.

The ammunition is made in the Aguilas Ammunition factory in Cuernavaca, 57 miles south of Mexico City. Aguila Ammunition has been exporting to the U.S. since the 1960s.

Guanajuato state recorded 12 cargo thefts in April and 71 through the first four months of 2021, according to the latest data from Mexico’s National Public Security System (SESNSP), an agency that monitors crime. Guanajuato recorded 1,623 cargo thefts during 2020.
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