Judge sentences weapons smuggler to 4 years in federal prison

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced a 52-year-old weapons smuggler to four years in federal prison on Tuesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

During an investigation executed in October 2016, agents say they observed Alejandro Cavazos, 52, retrieve 13 parcels from a local reshipment company, and place them in his vehicle. Agents intercepted the load, believed to be destined for Mexico, and seized 100 AR-type charging handles, 30 AR-15 lower receivers, 25 AR-15 7.62 x 39 mm magazines, 18 AR-15 assembly kits and 200 detachable AR-1 carry handles, according to the news release.

The court heard on Tuesday Cavazos "had taken possession of approximately 248 parcels of firearm parts from different Internet-based vendors since June 2014."

Cavazos, who is not a U.S. citizen, faces deportation proceedings after his release from a federal prison facility.

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