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Federal agents arrest 2 men accused of buying rifle under false pretenses

Federal agents arrested two men Tuesday after they purchased a rifle under false pretenses, according to the criminal complaint against them.

On Tuesday, agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives conducted surveillance at a Pharr business.

Agents watched Adrian Sifuentes Jr. leave the business with a Century Arms C39V2 — an AK-47-style rifle — and drive away with Ramon A. Ramirez, according to the criminal complaint. The agents coordinated a traffic stop and convinced both men to speak with them about the gun purchase.

Sifuentes said Ramirez paid him $75 to buy the gun, according to the criminal complaint. Ramirez told a similar story.

Agents arrested Sifuentes and Ramirez, who are charged with federal firearms offenses.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby ordered them held until a detention hearing on July 17.

An attorney for Sifuentes didn't respond to a request for comment. The attorney who represents Ramirez couldn't immediately comment on the case.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a response from Ramirez's attorney.

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