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Bronze star vet accused of weapons trafficking for the Gulf cartel sentenced to 30-months in prison

December 10, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bronze star vet accused of weapons trafficking for the Gulf cartel sentenced to 30-months in prison

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A Texas war hero and recipient of the prestigious Bronze Star Medal will spend over two years behind bars for his role in obtaining illegal firearms intended for Mexico’s Gulf Cartel.

In a statement made on Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials along with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced the sentences of 71-year-old Jose Gertrudis Partida, who was handed a 30-month prison term and 44-year-old Dimas Rodriguez was given 70 months after they appeared before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez.

Both men previously pleaded guilty to multiple weapons charges.

Partida requested a minimized sentence due to his age and his distinguished military service. The Bronze Star is awarded to soldiers who distinguishes himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement during combat.

Prosecutors contend that the punishment was appropriate because he helped provide multiple firearms to the Gulf Cartel and was implicated in drug trafficking activities.

The case against the two men was launched in December 2015 when U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ agents, along with Homeland Security Investigations, spearheaded an investigation into firearms trafficking in McAllen, Texas. The probe revolved around Partida dealing three AR-15 rifles to Rodriguez so that he could transport them to the Gulf Cartel.

The probe revolved around Partida dealing three AR-15 rifles to Rodriguez so that he could transport them to the Gulf Cartel.

Rodriguez was previously convicted of drug trafficking offenses, and because he is a felon he is not legally able to possess or purchase a gun.

Mexican cartels such as the Gulf Cartel and the Los Zetas have built firearm distribution lines. Since firearms are not legal in Mexico, cartel members recruit individuals in the U.S. who can legally purchase the weapons.

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