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Mexican authorities: U.S. legal resident arrested for illegal arms smuggling for drug cartel

May 1, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities: U.S. legal resident arrested for illegal arms smuggling for drug cartel

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Mexican authorities in the state of Nuevo Leon arrested a U.S. legal permanent resident for arms smuggling after discovering a stockpile of weapons concealed inside his vehicle.

Officials said the man was attempting to transport the weapons to the southern Mexican state of Guerrero when the arms smuggling bust occurred.

The arrest occurred along National Highway 57 when federal authorities apprehended a man identified only as Noe ā€œNā€ ā€” a 33-year-old Mexican national who had been legally living in Wilson, North Carolina.

According to El Debate, the North Carolina resident was driving a Nissan Sentra with weapons concealed inside hidden compartment built inside the car when he was stopped.

The North Carolina resident was busted transporting arms in Northern Mexico

Federal officers removed various panels from the vehicle and discovered multiple firearms wrapped in plastic packaging including a .50 caliber rifle, two rifle scopes, four handguns, four shotguns, and 100 rounds of ammunition.

The driver told police that he was traveling to Guerrero. The state has been ravaged by cartel violence as rival groups continue to fight for control of drug production and distributions territories.

According to Breitbart Texas, highway 57 has become a favored route for smugglers looking to get to and from the Texas border. In early April, authorities arrested John Cano, a U.S. citizen from Houston, as he attempted to drive from Nuevo Leon to Texas with roughly 25 pounds of cocaine hidden in his vehicle.

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