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U.S. Army sergeant pleads guilty to provide weapons to Gulf cartel

December 15, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Army sergeant pleads guilty to provide weapons to Gulf cartel

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A U.S. Army sergeant has pleaded guilty to purchasing dozens of assault rifles for the Gulf Cartel.

Earlier this week, Julian Prezas, an active duty recruiter for the U.S. Army, appeared before U.S. Chief District Judge Orlando Garcia and pleaded guilty to his participation in a large-scale weapons acquiring and smuggling plot aimed at assisting Mexico’s Gulf Cartel.

Breitbart Texas reported that that Prezas, Thomas Zamudio, Ricardo Esparza, and Christopher Brown have all been identified as co-conspirators. Prezas has been named as the primary defendant.

The criminal indictment indicated that that Prezas allegedly purchased at least 42 assault rifles including AK-47s and AR-15s. While the commercial versions of those firearms are semi-automatic, the charges mention assisting and supporting drug trafficking with automatic rifles.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, when Prezas entered his guilty plea, officials said that he had filed serial numbers off of the guns.

Mexico’s Gulf Cartel has managed to recruit active duty military members to assist them with smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints.

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