Another US trucker arrested attempting to smuggle ammunition into Mexico

Robert Jacaman and wife Veronica arrested in 11 count indictment for arms smuggling
Local and federal law enforcement agencies raided the Jacaman Guns & Ammo on Monday morning along Hillside Road. (Ulysses S. Romero/Laredo Morning Times)

Another US trucker has been caught trying to smuggle more than 9,000 rounds of prohibited ammunition and arms into Mexico.

The latest person arrested is Atanacio Gonzalez Torres, 43, an American citizen living in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. He is scheduled to be brought before a U.S. magistrate judge in Laredo this morning after being arrested over the weekend.

He is accused of being part of scheme to sneak 9,500 rounds of ammunition into Mexico via a tractor-trailer. Also involved were nearly 800 assault rifle magazines for .223 caliber and 7.62mm ammunition.

Readers will remember the case of Jabin Akeem “Wrong Way” Bogan, who claims to have made a wrong turn and ended up in Juarez Mexico carrying 268,000 rounds of NATO grade ammunition in his trailer. Bogan is still being held on charges of “possession of ammunition” in a maximum security Federal Prison in the state of Veracruz Mexico.

[pullquote_right]The charges against the Jacamans include conspiring to provide ammunition and ammo clips to undocumented immigrants, as well as ammunition and an assault rifle to convicted felons [/pullquote_right]

Gonzlales-Torres arrest is part of a larger conspiracy to obtain and transport weapons and ammunition into Mexico from the United States. (See the indictment at the link below this story)

While Homeland Security Investigations, which is leading the case, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regularly arrest alleged smugglers of guns and ammo, this case is unique as they rarely slap the cuffs on gun dealers.

Federal authorities this morning announced the arrests of Laredo businessman Robert Jacaman Sr. and his wife, Veronica. the Jacaman’s own JACAMAN GUNS & AMMO in Laredo Texas. The arrests are part of the 11 count indictment returned against the Jacamans and their co-conspirators, identified as Atanacio Gonzalez-Torres, Jose Luis Estrada, Carlos Picazio and Mario Rodriguez.

Estrada, Picazio and Rodriguez surrendered last week. Estrada and Picazio were ordered released on $100,000 bonds.

The Jacamans are charged with conspiring to provide and providing ammunition and firearm magazines, selling ammunition to illegal immigrants and to a convicted felon and selling an assault rifle to a convicted felon.