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April 10, 2012

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Roma Man Sentenced for Attempting to Export Ammunition and Night Vision Devices

McALLEN, Texas - A Roma man who was caught attempting to export munitions is heading to federal prison, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa sentenced Enrique Gustavo Gonzalez, 22, of Roma Texas, to 36 months imprisonment to be followed by a two-year-term of supervised release. Gonzalez pleaded guilty on Sept. 8, 2010, to violating the Arms Export Control Act of Title 22 United States Code Section 2778 for attempting to unlawfully export items on the United States Munitions List.

On June 14, 2010, officers with the Roma Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Gonzalez, at which time a search of his car resulted in the discovery of two .30-06 rifles, 7,260 rounds of ammunition, two third generation night vision rifle scopes, three standard rifle scopes, two third generation night vision goggles and two infrared illuminators - all of which are listed on the United State Munitions list. Gonzalez later admitted that he was taking the munitions to a ranch in Zapata County where the items would be crossed into Mexico. 

Gonzalez has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Steven Schammel and Kimberly Leo.