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Friday, September 26, 2014

Mexicali Man Sentenced To 46 Months For Attempting To Illegally Export 6000 Rounds Of Ammunition Into Mexico

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Sept. 24, 2014, Luis Armando Collins-Avila, 43, of Mexicali, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge James A. Soto, to 46 months confinement followed by 3 years of supervised release.  On June 23, 2014, Collins pled guilty to trying to smuggle the 6000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico.

On July 18, 2013, Collins was driving outbound from Douglas, Ariz. into Agua Prieta, Mexico in a Chevrolet Suburban.  Before leaving the country, an inspection of Collins vehicle revealed 6,000 rounds of ammunition concealed in the doors and wheel wells.  A receipt found in the car indicated Collins had purchased the ammunition the day prior to his arrest.  After his arrest, Collins admitted he had concealed the ammunition in his vehicle to avoid detection.

The investigation in this case was conducted by ICE-Douglas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Douglas Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Arturo Aguilar, District of Arizona, Tucson.

CASE NUMBER:          CR-13-01376                
RELEASE NUMBER:   2014-053_Collins-Avila

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Updated January 7, 2015