Arizona man sentenced to 66 months for smuggling ammunition into Mexico
Aug 9, 2022, 4:15 AM
PHOENIX — A man from Nogales was sentenced to 66 months in prison last week for smuggling ammunition from the United States into Mexico and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Luis Carlos Eriksen, 56, allegedly drove from Mexico to Phoenix on May 20, where he purchased 4,000 rounds of 7.62 x 39 ammunition and 1,000 rounds of .38 super ammunition from a retailer.
He had prior drug trafficking convictions and was therefore prohibited from possessing ammunition, but Arizona has no law requiring background checks.
Eriksen began driving to Mexico when he was stopped by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper who discovered the ammunition in his vehicle, authorities said.
He allegedly admitted to having entered an agreement with individuals in Mexico to purchase ammunition in the United States and bring it south of the border for payment, authorities said.
Homeland Security Investigations worked on the case along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and DPS.