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ATF agents arrest 2 people involved in South Texas straw-purchasing arms scheme

November 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
ATF agents arrest 2 people involved in South Texas straw-purchasing arms scheme

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U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF) busted two people last week after for their involvement in a straw-purchasing scheme in South Texas.

According to ValleyCentral.com, a gun store contacted the ATF regarding a suspicious purchase made by Guadalupe Patricia Salas-De Mata.

The information prompted federal agent to begin trailing Salas.

After Salas left the shop, she went to a residence in McAllen, the criminal complaint revealed.

Law enforcement officials said ATF agents surveilled her travel from the home to a store in Pharr, Texas where she met a Mexican citizen identified as Rodolfo Garcia-Zamarripa.

While agents watched as Garcia took two rifles from  Salas’ car and placed the firearms in his vehicle.

Once the transfer of firearms was completed, agents moved in and arrested both suspects.

Salas said Garcia gave her $160 to purchase the rifles.

Officials said the weapons were likely destined for south of the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

“Garcia-Zamarripa admitted he did not possess a license and knew he could not purchase or possess firearms,” the criminal complaint stated. “Garcia-Zamarripa admitted that he took possession of both of the AK-47 type rifles from Salas-De Mata and planned to transport them to Mexico.”

Garcia has been charged with unlawful possession of firearms.
Salas is charged with making a false statement on a federal firearms document.

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