Man sentenced for ammo smuggling

April 29, 2009 5:13:59 PM PDT
A Laredo man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for attempting to smuggle ammunition from the United States into Mexico. Thirty-year-old Raul Alvarez was given the maximum sentence of 51 months in federal prison without parole on Wednesday.

A federal judge told Alvarez, a business manager at a men's club in Nuevo Laredo, that he was getting the maximum sentence because the ammunition feeds the bloody drug war in Mexico.

Alvarez was stop in December by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on a random search at the international bridge in Laredo. Agents found 282 rounds of ammo and magazines for pistols and assault rifles hidden in a compartment of his SUV. He pleaded guilty in February to the ammo charge.

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