US Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Funneling Guns to Mexican Cartel

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

Sergeant Julian Prezas, a former US Army recruiter, has pled guilty to two out of five charges of lying on federal firearms forms and attempting to export weapons to Mexico. The assault rifles he aided in exporting were meant to arm the Gulf Cartel in Mexico, court documents say.

Between April and August of 2015, Prezas admitted to the purchase of 42 rifles, including AR-15’s and AK-47’s. He dispatched co-defendants Thomas John Zamudio, Ricardo Esparza Salazar and Christopher Brown, all former servicemen he met during his stint with the military, to purchase the weapons for him, whereupon he allegedly sold them to a codefendant turned informer for the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Zamudio, Salazar, and Brown all face a maximum of ten years in prison.

>The plea deal reports that the agent, who was not named in court documents, first made contact with Prezas after the defendant posted on Facebook that he had ammunition for sale. This began a business relationship in which the informer claimed that Prezas sold him sold him “13 AR-15s, some 50 to 60 AK-47s and a shotgun” according to San Antonio Express-News. Prezas filed off serial numbers on the weapons, according to the plea deal, and had been told by the buyer that the guns were Mexico-bound.

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