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Federal agents in south Texas bust cartel ammunition smuggling scheme

July 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Federal agents in south Texas bust cartel ammunition smuggling scheme

Federal agents in McAllen, Texas apprehended a legal permanent resident who purchased thousands of rounds of ammunition with the intention of smuggling it into the Mexican city of Matamoros — the hub of large-scale deadly Gulf Cartel turf war.

The arrest occurred last weekend when Ruben Ramos Beltran, 48, went to a local gun store and purchased 5,000 rounds of ammunition, Breitbart Texas reported.

Officials indicated that the suspect involved in the ammunition smuggling scheme is a Mexican national with legal residence in Texas.

Homeland Security Investigations was conducting a surveillance operation at the local firearm store and observed Ramos pick up an order of 5,000 rounds of 7.62×39 ammunition, a type used in AK-47 rifles which are heavily used by cartel members.

The agents trailed Ramos and had a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputy execute a traffic stop. KGRV reported.

After Ramos was pulled over, the man told the officer that he had ammunition in the car and consented to a search.

HSI, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, arrived on the scene to interview the man.

Ramos told authorities that he was bringing the ammunition to a storage facility in Brownsville. From there, another individual would take smuggle it into Mexico. Ramos stated that he was going to be paid $400 for his part.

Directly south of Brownsville is Matamoros, Tamaulipas, the epicenter of one of the factions of the Gulf Cartel.

The faction in Matamoros has been battling with rival groups to overtake the border city of Reynosa and their lucrative drug trafficking and human smuggling territories. The fighting has resulted in over 500 murders since May 2017.

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