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Two men charged with arms smuggling after attempting to transport ammo to Mexico

January 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two men charged with arms smuggling after attempting to transport ammo to Mexico

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Federal agents arrested two people on arms smuggling charges after they were busted attempting to transport 1,757 rounds of assorted ammunition into Matamoros, Mexico.

According to the Brownsville Herald, Carlos Arellano Conde, 60, and 61-year-old Elisa Escamilla Cisneros were charged last month with attempting to export ammunition to Mexico.

Surveillance was launched at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Brownsville where Homeland Security “agents noticed a couple” make a large purchase of ammunition, a criminal complaint against the two revealed.

The federal agents renewed with conducting surveillance on the couple, who were traveling toward the B&M Port of Entry, and told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to look out for the Chevrolet Aveo with Mexican plates that Conde and Cisneros were driving in.

CBP officers said that they received a negative declaration from the pair for any money more than $10,000, for firearms and ammo, but during a secondary inspection federal officials discovered the 1,757 rounds of assorted ammunition hidden in the trunk where the spare tire was located.

Both Cisneros and Conde allegedly confessed to exporting ammunition to Mexico on two other occasions.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya III ordered that the two remain in custody without bond pending a detention and preliminary hearing.

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