LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has pleaded guilty in Laredo to a weapons charge for intending to smuggle to a Mexican gang.
A Tuesday statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Laredo said 40-year-old Richard John Medina admitted to planning to smuggle five guns and five grenades to the Zetas drug cartel. Medina was caught in a sting by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and arrested Oct. 9 after taking delivery of weapons from a confidential ATF informant.
Medina had previously been convicted of marijuana possession in Williamson County, near Austin.
Organized crime groups in Mexico regularly obtain weaponry bought in the United States and smuggled across the border.
He could receive to up to 10 years in prison at sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.