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Man gets 4 years in prison for ammo smuggling into Mexico

Posted at 9:15 AM, May 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-26 12:15:02-04

A California man was sentenced to four years in prison for his convictions in a scheme nearly two years ago to smuggle ammunition and rifle magazines from Arizona into Mexico.

Miguel Ochoa-Ruiz of Concord was sentenced Friday in Tucson for his smuggling and conspiracy convictions.

Authorities say Ochoa-Ruiz bought 2,000 rounds of ammunition and 248 high-capacity rifle magazines that were then given to 23-year-old Guadalupe Carillo-Villa of Tucson to smuggle into Mexico.

Carillo-Villa was arrested during the smuggling attempt.

The next day, authorities who regarded Ochoa-Ruiz as a person of interest from the earlier smuggling attempt encountered him at a fast-food restaurant in Nogales, Arizona.

Authorities found another 11,000 rounds of ammunition in Ochoa-Ruiz's possession.

Carillo-Villa has pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced to four years in prison.