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BP agent sentenced in theft of firearm parts

Posted at 5:58 AM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 07:59:11-05

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona will have to serve nearly two years in prison for weapons-related crimes.

A federal judge sentenced 39-year-old Jesus Manuel Franco on Wednesday to 18 months for theft of firearm parts and equipment and the unlawful possession and transfer of two machine-gun conversion devices.  

According to federal prosecutors, Franco, of Vail, was temporarily assigned to the Customs and Border Protection Armory in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia in 2014.

During his two-month stint, he unlawfully transferred 47 boxes of firearm parts and equipment worth $100,000 from the Armory to Willcox, Arizona.

One box had the conversion devices.

A jury found Franco of all charges.