Laredo Mother Sentenced for Attempting to Smuggle Ammunition into Mexico
|Dec. 22, 2011|
LAREDO, Texas – Yvonne Garcia Inocencio, 32, of Laredo, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison for attempting to smuggle 60 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition into Mexico earlier this year, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Senior United States District Judge George P. Kazen handed down the 18-month sentence which will be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release.
On Feb. 26, 2011, Inocencio was driving into Mexico with her two minor daughters when she was pulled over for a closer inspection at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge. At that time, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered eight high-capacity AR-15 assault rifle magazines hidden within the fender well of her vehicle. Resistant to arrest, she handed her purse to one of her daughters and instructed her to cross the bridge to Mexico to meet her father. CBP officers refused to allow the children to leave and seized the mother’s purse which, upon search, was found to contain three boxes of new .223 caliber ammunition - the same type of ammunition for the rifle magazines. Officers also found a receipt from a Laredo store, showing that all the items were bought the same day. She pleaded guilty on May 16, 2011.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.
The matter was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Laredo Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Homero Ramirez prosecuted the case.