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Tucson man sentenced in ammunition case

Tucson man sentenced in ammunition case

CREATED Mar 9, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

TUCSON (AP) - A Tucson man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for attempting to export ammunition into Mexico.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 31-year-old Elias Bermudez-Vasquez was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

They say Elias Bermudez-Vasquez and two co-defendants bought more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition and accepted large ammunition shipments to be exported into Mexico through May 2010.

The following month, Bermudez-Vasquez and another man drove nearly 10,000 rounds of ammunition to the Tucson Mall and left it in a parked car that was then picked up by another person and driven to the Nogales Port of Entry.

Bermudez-Vasquez drove to the port of entry when the car broke down and authorities say more than 20,000 additional rounds of ammunition were found in the defendants' house.

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