21-Year-Old Sentenced For Smuggling Ammo Into Mexico

Francisco Guerra-Franco, 21, of Los Lunas, New Mexico, was sentenced on November 1, 2018, after previously pleading guilty to facilitation to smuggle goods from the United States and false statements to a federal agent.

Francisco Guerra-Franco was sentenced to 33 months’ prison followed by three years’ supervision.

On December 26, 2016, then 19 years old, Guerra-Franco, was pulled over in Nogales, Arizona for a routine traffic stop. Law enforcement located 12,000 rounds of ammunition in Guerra-Franco’s truck.

The investigation revealed that Guerra-Franco had purchased the ammunition using money wired to his Wells Fargo Bank Account by a co-conspirator living in Mexico. Guerra-Franco intended to meet the co-conspirator in Nogales, Ariz., and the co-conspirator would then smuggle the ammunition into Mexico. Guerra-Franco also made multiple false statements to agents when confronted about three Colt M4 Carbine semi-automatic rifles he had previously acquired.