LAREDO, Texas – Five
Laredoans have been ordered to prison following their convictions for their
roles in smuggling firearms into Mexico, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe
Juan Diego Madrid, 27,
Rolando Armando Madrid, 21, Erik Villasana, 20, Edward Alexander Duenas, 20,
and Francisco Xavier Martinez, 25, participated in a scheme to purchase
civilian variants of firearms currently issued to military forces from various
local firearms dealers. Between March 2016 and November 2016, Juan Madrid directed several individuals,
including Rolando Madrid, Duenas and Martinez, to purchase the firearms. The
firearms were then transferred to Villasana, who arranged for the firearms to
be smuggled into Mexico.
Today, U.S. District Judge
Diana Saldaña sentenced Juan Diego Madrid to a term of 65 months in federal
prison, while his brother - Rolando Madrid, Villasana, Duenas and Martinez
received respective sentences of 51, 63, 27 and 41 months in prison.
The straw purchasers bought
AR-15 and AK-47-type semiautomatic rifles, Beretta 92FS and DPMS AR-type rifles
from Academy and Kirkpatrick Guns & Ammo stores in Laredo and San Antonio.
Juan Madrid would then purchase the firearms from the straw purchasers and then
re-sell them at a profit to Villasana who would then arrange for the firearms
to be smuggled into Mexico. Juan Madrid was already a convicted felon and
thereby prohibited from purchasing, owning or possessing firearms.
brother, Ruben Arnoldo Madrid, 21, was also involved in the scheme as a straw
purchaser. He will be sentenced at a
The Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S.
Attorney (AUSA) Homero Ramirez and Special AUSA Lisa Ezra are prosecuting the