MCALLEN, Texas – A 22-year-old Mexican national has been ordered to prison following his conviction of attempting to export firearm magazines.
Ociel Ambrosio Ramirez-Ramirez pleaded guilty Dec. 30, 2019.
U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Ramirez-Ramirez to 52 months in federal prison. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following his release from prison.
In handing down the sentence, the court noted the type and sheer quantity of the firearm magazines Ramirez-Ramirez smuggled to be particularly troublesome. Judge Alvarez recognized the violence south of the U.S. border and how drug trafficking organizations often rely on individuals like Ramirez-Ramirez to provide weapons or ammunition from the United States.
On Oct. 13, 2019, Ramirez-Ramirez attempted to export 1,057 AK-47 magazines and six 1911-style .38 super magazines from the United States into Mexico through the Hidalgo Port of Entry. At the time of his arrest, Ramirez-Ramirez informed agents he maintained a storage unit in Hidalgo. Law enforcement subsequently searched it and discovered numerous empty boxes of ammunition, gun cases and a 7.62x39mm round of ammunition therein.
Ramirez-Ramirez has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.