RGC man sentenced in ammunition smuggling case

Defendant gets 16 months; second sentenced in connection with moving ammo

McALLEN — The second of two Rio Grande City men accused of attempting to smuggle ammunition into Mexico was sentenced Monday, court records show.

Mark Anthony Garza stood before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane on Monday for his sentencing hearing related to a federal firearm offense he was charged with in February 2018.

During the hearing, Crane handed down a 16-month federal prison sentence for the 51-year-old man, who along with Mario Rosas Jr., attempted to move 5,000 rounds of “Monarch” brand ammunition into Mexico, court records show.

Garza, who was originally arrested April 17, 2018, was first indicted along with Rosas, specifically for violating a federal offense — being in possession of a firearm or ammunition after being convicted of a felony. Specifically, Garza was convicted on a marijuana possession charge in Oregon in June 2007, court records show.

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According to the indictment, the 5,000 rounds were “7.62 x 39 mm caliber steel ammunition.”

Rosas, who was sentenced in June to 51 months in prison, with three years of supervised release upon completion of the sentence, pleaded guilty to a smuggling goods charge. He had his firearms charge dismissed as part of his plea deal with government prosecutors, court records show. Rosas was arrested in February 2018.

Rosas, 29, also of Rio Grande City, had a previous conviction in connection with a felony robbery charge in May 2012, court records show.

As part of their plea deals with government prosecutors, the government seized the 5,000 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents.

In addition to the 16-month sentence, Garza will be required to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of the aforementioned prison term, court notes show.