Man gets 15 years in Texas weapons-smuggling case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man who tried to smuggle more than 200 assault-style weapons from Texas into Mexico has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A federal judge in San Antonio on Friday sentenced Eloy Olivares Garza. He pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to smuggle goods from the U.S. and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say the case involves attempts to purchase items from licensed dealers in Austin and San Antonio and then smuggle the guns to Mexico without proper permits.

Records show Olivares Garza has a 1990 drug-related conviction.

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