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Two California Army National Guard members sentenced for arms sales plot destined for Mexico

December 7, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two California Army National Guard members sentenced for arms sales plot destined for Mexico

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Two California Army National Guard members, who confessed to selling firearms to an undercover agent believing they were intended for Mexico’s drug war, were sentenced in federal court on Monday.

U.S. District Judge James Lorenz sentenced Andrew Reyes of La Mesa to 366 days in custody, and Jaime Casillas was granted credit for time already served, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Both men pleaded guilty back in January to one count of dealing firearms without a permit. Additionally, Reyes pleaded guilty to three counts of unlicensed transport of firearms.

Court records revealed that Reyes sold three AR-15 rifles and an AK-47 rifle between September 2014 and March 2015 to an undercover agent with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Department, who was posing as a drug cartel member.

Casillas traded a .40-caliber pistol and an AR-15 to the agent in August and October 2014, court records indicated.

The two were apprehended in April 2015. Federal authorities said some of the firearms that they sold were military-issued, and some were bought in Texas were then resold to the undercover operative.

Law enforcement officials said that the men also allegedly sold military equipment from the California National Guard, which included ammunition, gun magazines, ballistic vests and ceramic shields.

Casillas reportedly bragged to the undercover agent that he could obtain such items, and the investigation was launched soon after. The men made approximately $15,000.

The two were initially charged with selling other equipment including ammunition and protective body armor, but the charges were dropped after the suspects accepted a plea agreement.

Reyes was a Marine before he enlisted in the California Army National Guard back in 2008. Casillas enrolled in 2011.

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