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Two Army National Guardsman Accused of Trying to Sell Arms to Mexican Cartel

April 17, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two Army National Guardsman Accused of Trying to Sell Arms to Mexican Cartel

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Two members of the U.S. Army National Guardsmen are in custody after being charged with attempting to sell military issued guns, ammunition and body armor to Mexican drug cartels.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says authorities arrested Jaime Casillas, 22, and Andrew Reyes, 34, Wednesday in Southern California, Both men were members in the Army National Guard Armory in La Mesa, Calif.

The indictment brought forward by the Justice Department. The complaint accuses Casillas and Reyes of selling ten guns, including four AK-47 assault rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition an undercover federal agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel.

According to the complaint filed in federal court, some of the arms were military-issued. The two men bought the other guns in Texas and resold in California.

Federal agents said that Casillas and Reyes told him during the sting that the guns that came in from Texas were hot, meaning the serial numbers indicated they were either used in the commission of a crime or stolen.

On one occasion, Casillas and Reyes carried out the sale of an AR15 rifle for over $2,000 to the undercover agent while still in their uniforms.

According to the affidavit, Casillas also sold the agent 1,600 rounds of military issued .223-caliber ammunition. In addition, Reyes sold the federal officer 20 military issued bullet-resistant plates used for body armor.

Feds charged both defendants with illegal dealing of firearms. They also accused Reyes with the transportation of firearms without a license. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Casillas and Reyes appeared for their arraignment on Thursday afternoon in San Diego.

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