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Feds accuse Arizona couple of straw purchasing high-powered sniper rifle for the SInaloa drug cartel

March 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds accuse Arizona couple of straw purchasing high-powered sniper rifle for the SInaloa drug cartel

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Arizona couple purchased high-powered sniper rifle for the Sinaloa drug cartel

Federal authorities have accused a Phoenix couple of illegally straw purchasing a $10,000 sniper rifle from a licensed gun store on behalf of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The police report obtained by Fox10.com revealed that 31-year-old Jonathan Ibarra Alarcon made his wife, Erica Jean Ibarra-Alarcon, 22, buy a Barrett 82A1 that was intended to end in up south of the border and into the hands of the cartel.

The 50-caliber rifle is used by the U.S. and other military forces.

The woman reportedly provided a false address and lied on an ATF form indicating that the firearm was intended for her use.

The husband and wife are accused of purchasing a Barrett 82A1 sniper rifle like the one pictured above for the Sinaloa cartel

The couple has been charged with forgery and weapons misconduct for the transaction that was made on March 20th.

Upon their apprehension, Jonathan Ibarra-Alarcon told police he was approached about a week before the straw sale and confessed that the rifle was for the Sinaloa drug cartel.

He admitted that he was given $13,000 to purchase the gun and was allowed to keep the remainder of the cash as payment for his services.

The arrests occurred one week after another man in Pheonix was charged for purchasing a high-powered rifle and giving it to a cartel in Mexico shortly after.

In that case, authorities said Armando Oliveros bought a .50 caliber Barrett rifle from a gun shop and crossed the border with the weapon hours later, which was eventually found and traced back to Oliveros.

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