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Dec. 20, 2010

ATTEMPT TO UNLAWFULLY EXPORT WEAPONS FROM THE U.S. INTO MEXICO LEADS TO INDICTMENT

(McALLEN, Texas) – Juan Sauceda, 29, of Reynosa, Mexico, has been indicted on charges of conspiring to and attempting to unlawfully export weapons from the U.S. to Mexico, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Sauceda was arrested on Nov. 23, 2010, following the filing of a criminal complaint. On Dec. 2, 2010, Sauceda appeared for a detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby in McAllen, Texas, who ordered Sauceda to remain in federal custody without bond pending trial.

The three-count indictment, filed on Dec. 14, 2010, alleges Sauceda conspired to and attempted to unlawfully export weapons from the U.S. to Mexico without a license. According to court records, Sauceda allegedly drove through the southbound lanes at the port of entry in Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped and searched the vehicle he was driving and found 10 semi-automatic firearms (including several .223 caliber Sig Sauer 556 semi-automatic rifles), 87 firearms magazines and more than 1,570 rounds of ammunition concealed in the vehicle.  

If convicted of these charges, Sauceda could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of CBP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Sully is prosecuting the case.

An indictment or a criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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