MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Two men have pleaded guilty in south Alabama to trying to smuggle military-grade weapons from Mobile to Mexico.
Authorities say 39-year-old Robert Carlos Mata-Ocana and 29-year-old Reynaldo Arriaga admitted Thursday to meeting with a Mobile-based undercover agent last year to inspect nearly $100,000 worth of weapons. The truckload included guns and grenades.
They were charged with conspiracy to export merchandise from the United States. Their arrest is the latest in a string of arms-smuggling cases handled by homeland security agents in Mobile.
Mata-Ocana is not an American citizen and faces deportation. Their sentencing is set for June 24 in U.S. District Court in Mobile.
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