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Man tries to smuggle ammunition into Mexico, gets prison

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Posted at 9:19 PM, May 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-26 00:19:49-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors in Tucson say a man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for attempting to smuggle ammunition into Mexico.

They say 42-year-old Jorge Armando Lopez-Espinoza received a 46-month prison term.

Prosecutors say that in May 2020, Lopez-Espinoza conspired with others to smuggle 8,000 rounds of ammunition in his tractor trailer from Nogales, Arizona, to Mexico.

Law enforcement agents intercepted the shipments of ammunition before Lopez-Espinoza could get them.

Lopez-Espinoza picked up the boxes he believed contained the 8,000 rounds, hid them in his tractor trailer and attempted to enter Mexico through the Nogales Port of Entry.