Americans charged with taking Glocks, AK-47s to Mexico

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Defendant tells agents Mexican boss called ‘Chikilin’ gave him $1,000 for each purchase, told him to keep the change

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Two U.S. citizens living in Mexico are being charged with providing false information in the purchase of six AK-47 style rifles and three fifth-generation Glock pistols and smuggling the guns across the border.

Wednesday’s indictment in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona alleges Jose Antonio Castro and Jorge Antonio Navarrete Milan knowingly made false statements in connection with the purchase of a firearm. The indictment further alleges Castro unlawfully exported guns to Mexico.

The charges stem from an investigation launched after Castro, Navarrete and a third individual entered the United States via the San Luis, Arizona, port of entry on Nov. 23. The men said they had nothing to declare but a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer checked their documents and found that Castro had a previous arrest for migrant smuggling, court records show.

The CBP officer sent the men’s vehicle, a Kia Optima, to secondary inspection. There, another officer found… Read full article here