McALLEN — A Roma man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his role in trying to smuggle an AK-47 rifle into Mexico.
Aurelio Perez Aleman went before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane on Monday morning and was given a sentence of 100 months in federal prison.
Perez pleaded guilty to the charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon May 30, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Perez had been arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents who were in the area near the river looking for a group of individuals suspected of entering the country illegally.
Perez gave the agents consent to search his vehicle and in the hood of the car they found the rifle. During questioning by agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Perez said that he had been paid $200 by an unknown man to take a rifle to the edge of the Rio Grande and wait for someone to move north from Mexico to pick up the rifle, court records show.
Since Perez had previously been convicted of possession of marijuana, aggravated robbery and assault of a public servant, he is not allowed to possess a firearm, court records show.