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Southern District of Texas

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mexican Man Indicted For Attempting To Smuggle Military Type Semi-Automatic Rifles To Mexico

An Indictment Is A Formal Accusation Of Criminal Conduct, Not Evidence.  Defendants Are Presumed Innocent Unless And Until Convicted Through Due Process Of Law.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Angel Aquino-Pineda, 26, of Tijuana, Mexico, has been charged by a federal grand jury with one count of smuggling firearms from the United States and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Count one of the indictment charges that on or about Oc. 29, 2013, Pineda did aid, abet and assist another person to fraudulently and knowingly attempt to export 35 AK-47 type 7.62x39 caliber firearms from the United States, knowing them to be intended for Mexico.

He is further charged with possessing those firearms on the same date after he had been previously convicted of a crime, a violation of federal law.

Aquino-Pineda faces up to 10 years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 fine, if convicted.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Kingsville Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Hugo R. Martinez is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 30, 2015