Starr County Man Admits To Smuggling Ammunition Into Mexico

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, officers taking part in training load gun clips with ammunition at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, Wash. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with record sales of firearms have created a shortage of ammunition in the United States that has impacting competition and recreational shooters, hunters, people seeking personal protection and law enforcement agencies. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

A Starr County man is facing charges after admitting his role in a scheme to smuggle thousands of rounds of ammunition into Mexico.  Jose Antonio Rivera will appear in federal court today for a detention hearing.  Investigators began looking into Rivera’s activities last year after receiving a report that he ordered six-thousand rounds of ammunition for delivery to his home.  During an interview, Rivera admitted that the ammo would be hidden in a vehicle and smuggled across the border.  Investigators say Rivera also admitted to buying more than 40-thousand rounds of ammunition as part of the smuggling scheme.

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