Convicted Felon Gets Prison Sentence For Smuggling Ammunition

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A Nogales, Arizona man, Luis Carlos Eriksen, was sentenced last week to 66 months in prison for Smuggling Ammunition from the United States into Mexico and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.

According to the Department of Justice, on May 20, 2020, the 56-year-old Eriksen drove from Mexico to Phoenix, where he purchased 4,000 rounds of 7.62 x 39 ammunition, and 1,000 rounds of .38 Super ammunition from an ammunition retailer. After loading the ammunition into his vehicle, he began driving back to Mexico. He was stopped by an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer, who discovered the ammunition in his vehicle. Eriksen admitted that he had entered into an agreement with individuals in Mexico to obtain bulk ammunition in the United States and smuggle it into Mexico for payment.

Eriksen has prior convictions for drug trafficking offenses and is prohibited from possessing ammunition.

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