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Jury Finds Oklahoma Man Guilty of Smuggling Firearm into Mexico

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

ALPINE, Texas – A federal jury in Pecos convicted an Oklahoma City man last week for illegal smuggling of goods from the United States.

According to court documents and evidence presented at the two-day trial, Jesus Soto-Parra, 31, drove into Mexico in December 2022 and was turned back by Mexican authorities due to vehicle registration issues.  As Soto-Parra returned through the Presidio, Texas Port of Entry, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers discovered a firearm, body armor and ammunition in his vehicle.

U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Francisco B. Burrola for the Homeland Security Investigations El Paso Division made the announcement.

CBP and HSI are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Cayton and Matthew Ellis are prosecuting the case.


Updated March 29, 2023

Firearms Offenses