This previous Monday, two Arizona teenagers had been sentenced to federal prison for making an attempt to smuggle AK-47-style rifles into Mexico. Whereas the drive and motivation displayed by these younger, 19-year-old entrepreneurs – Manuel De Jesus Guzman of Rio Rico and Joshua Francisco Mendez of Tucson – is spectacular, it’s the smuggling methodology that they employed that deserves consideration. The teenagers had been arrested in June 2022 after they tried to depart the US by means of the pedestrian gate on the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales. Customs and Border Safety officers discovered 4 AK-47-style rifles taped to their our bodies throughout a search at a secondary inspection.
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I may very well be mistaken, however I can’t think about a scenario the place a man tapes two complete AKs below his garments and thinks “Yeah nobody’s gonna discover this.”
And what AKs had been they? In accordance with the report:
Two Romarms WASR-10 rifles, one Century Arms VSKA rifle and a Century Arms BFT rifle had been of their possession.
That’s the much-maligned VSKA, the much-better successor to the VSKA, the BFT (“bulged cast trunnion”), and two WASR-10s most likely imported by Century. I suppose cartels aren’t shelling out for Rifle Dynamics in these inflationary financial instances.
Each teenagers had been sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $10,000. What do you consider the sentence?
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