Tucson Couple Sent To Prison For Smuggling Guns Into Mexico

Evo A. DeConcini Federal Courthouse
Evo A. DeConcini Federal Courthouse [Photo by GSA]

TUCSON – Tucson residents, Michael Justin Huynh, and Katie Ellen O’Brien were sentenced to 63 months’ and 60 months’ in prison respectively after both pleaded guilty to smuggling AK-type and .50 caliber semiautomatic assault rifles from the United States into Mexico.

According to the Department of Justice, between June of 2017 and January of 2018, Huynh and O’Brien together purchased a total of at least 16 AK-type semiautomatic rifles and three .50 caliber semiautomatic rifles.

The duo bought the firearms for another person whom they knew was a drug trafficker, and provided the firearms to the trafficker with the knowledge that they would be smuggled into Mexico and provided to a criminal organization.

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