Posted: Nov 9, 2012 6:33 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2012 7:08 PM
HIDALGO - Border Patrol agents seized hundreds of rounds of ammunition from an alleged Gulf cartel member.
The seizure was made after months of surveillance at a house. The investigation began in September at a home in Hidalgo as part of a human smuggling case, officials said.
Agents found more than 600 rounds of ammunition. The cache included .50-caliber rounds and 7.62x39 mm rounds used in AK-47-type rifles.
Agents arrested Jose Roberto Ramirez Moreno at the home on the 300 block of Levee Street. He is a Mexican national and goes by the name of "Chiricuas."
Ramirez told agents the ammunition was his. He confessed to being involved in human smuggling for more than a year.
The suspect allegedly admitted to being a member of the Gulf cartel. He claimed to be involved in scouting for immigrant and narcotics loads in the Hidalgo area.
Court documents show that Ramirez only was charged with smuggling. He has not been charged in the ammunition case.