Posted: Jan 29, 2014 5:59 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2014 6:00 AM
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) Two brothers in South Texas have been sentenced to prison in a weapons and ammunition smuggling case linked to a Mexican drug cartel.
A federal judge in Del Rio on Tuesday afternoon sentenced 34-year-old Richard Hesles Jr. to 10 years in prison. His younger brother, 24-year-old Damien Hesles, was sentenced to more than nine years behind bars.
Both pleaded guilty last October to aiding and abetting the smuggling of goods from the U.S.
Investigators say the brothers since 2012 were in a scheme to smuggle or attempt to smuggle more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition and hundreds of firearm magazines into Mexico.
The brothers were under surveillance at the Hesles Gun and Knife Store in Eagle Pass. The pair and the store owner agreed to surrender their federal firearms license.