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Aug. 21, 2012

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Brother and Sister Handed Federal Sentences for Transporting Ammunition

LAREDO, Texas – Richard Alan Hannah, 53, and his sister Judy Lynn Hannah, 49, both living in North Richland Hills, Texas, have been sentenced to federal prison following their convictions of attempting to smuggle almost 900 rounds of ammunition and 17 firearm magazines into Mexico, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Both pleaded guilty April 19, 2012.

Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana, who accepted the guilty pleas, sentenced Richard and Judy Hannah each to 29 months in prison. After their release from prison, they will also be ordered to serve three years on supervised release.

The evidence established that on Feb. 12, 2012, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge in Laredo selected the 2002 Dodge truck Ms. Hannah was driving for a random inspection as it made its way on an outbound lane to Mexico. Mr. Hannah was a passenger in the vehicle. Within the engine manifold, officers found 14 bundles wrapped in black electrical tape which contained 857 rounds of assorted ammunition, specifically, 515 rounds of .223 caliber, 50 rounds of 5.7x28mm, 193 rounds of .38 Super caliber and 100 rounds of .380 caliber. Some of the ammunition was already loaded into 17 high capacity firearm magazines.

At the time of their pleas, both admitted they were hired to take the truck from Dallas, Texas, to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, knowing that the truck contained contraband.

Both have been in custody since their arrest where they will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The matter was investigated by CBP, Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Homero Ramirez prosecuted the case.