Federal authorities arrested a couple who own a firearms store in Laredo, Texas, for allegedly selling large quantities ammunition that were destined for Mexican drug cartels.
The special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Antonio, Jerry Robinette, said that the arrests were part of the commitment of U.S. authorities to halt the illegal flow of weapons and ammunition to organized criminal groups in Mexico.
Robert Jacaman Sr. and his wife, Veronica Jacaman, are accused of selling ammunition to undocumented immigrants, among other charges.
The couple are facing 11 federal charges for crimes related to weapons and ammunition trafficking, said Robinette, who added that the prosecution will ask the judge to deny bail.
The charges against the couple include conspiring to provide ammunition and ammo clips to undocumented immigrants, as well as ammunition and an assault rifle to convicted criminals.
The text of the accusation says that from January to July 2012 the couple conspired to sell large amounts of ammunition to an immigrant who was in the country illegally.
The pair are also facing charges for selling a CMMG, Model 4SA semiautomatic rifle to a convicted felon, as well as illegally exporting ammunition for assault weapons to Mexico.
The cartridges, weapons and ammunition were intercepted by the authorities before they reached Mexico.
The investigation was conducted by HSI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Laredo Police Department.