Last 2 in Texas gun smuggling cases get prison

FILE. (AP Photo)
FILE. (AP Photo)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The final two Houston residents convicted in a South Texas weapons smuggling ring linked to Mexico have been sentenced to prison.

Javier Resendez and Mary Bel Deanda pleaded guilty to conspiracy-related weapons counts. Resendez was sentenced Tuesday to nearly seven years in prison. A federal judge in Corpus Christi ordered Deanda to serve two years behind bars.

Resendez also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in an investigation since a 2013 traffic stop in Kingsville. Officers seized nearly three dozen assault-type rifles and discovered $26,000 hidden in the truck bound from Houston to McAllen.

Investigators say Resendez recruited six people from Houston as part of the ring. All seven individuals were convicted and have now been sentenced to prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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