EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Authorities say six West Texas people have been arrested in an investigation of what prosecutors call a high-caliber assault rifle ammunition smuggling operation.
A federal grand jury indicted the manager of the Geneva Loan and Jewelry Co. in El Paso and five of his employees. The indictment unsealed Wednesday says the six conspired to smuggle into Mexico ammunition for assault rifles.
A statement from the U.S. attorney's office said the suspects sold large quantities of ammunition to undercover agents. The rounds were repackaged from their original cardboard boxes into tightly taped bundles for easier smuggling across the border.