Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ten Houston Men Charged with Trafficking Arms to Mexico

As a border state, Texas is on the front lines of the many issues associated with immigration policy. Of increasing concern over the past couple of years has been the infighting taking place between various Mexican drug cartels, as well as between the cartels and the Mexican government. The violence has spilled over into the United States, and the very real possibility that Mexico could cease to exist as an organized state has daunting consequences for the people of our state, as well as throughout the world. Just yesterday, ten Houston men were arrested for contributing to the horrific bloodshed that is taking place every day just south of our border.

Most high school buddies spend their time reminiscing about that last-minute football victory or the senior prank that almost got them suspended. Instead, these ten guys, all in their twenties, used the bonds of their school days to traffic arms to Mexican drug cartel soldiers. They conspired to ship 151 weapons which were the civilian equivalent of M-16 assault rifles. Some of the weapons were discovered after being used by the cartel members to commit vicious kidnappings and murders. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has stated that Houston is the top location in the United States for weapons later discovered in Mexico.

The men are all charged with conspiracy to make a false statement to purchase a firearm and face up to five years in prison.

At Bertolino LLP, we have both immigration and criminal defense attorneys who can assist you if you have been accused of a crime involving the security of our borders. We are knowledgeable on all of the latest federal and state laws surrounding immigration and international disputes. If you are facing such serious charges, please do not face your day in court without legal representation by your side. We have attorneys in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio who are ready to help you.

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