South Texas brothers get prison in weapons case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Two brothers in South Texas have been sentenced to prison in a weapons and ammunition smuggling case linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

A federal judge in Del Rio on Tuesday sentenced 34-year-old Richard Hesles Jr. to 10 years in prison. His younger brother, 24-year-old Damien Hesles, was sentenced to more than nine years.

The siblings from Eagle Pass pleaded guilty last October to aiding and abetting the smuggling of goods from the U.S.

Investigators say the brothers since 2012 were in a scheme to smuggle or attempt to smuggle more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition and hundreds of firearm magazines into Mexico.

The brothers were under surveillance at the Hesles Gun and Knife Store in Eagle Pass. The pair and the store owner will surrender their federal firearms license.

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