Attempting to buy Grenade launchers sentenced on Thrusday-San Diego

17 Dec

Three men accused of trying to purchase grenade launchers from an undercover agent in El Centro were sentenced Thursday in federal court in San Diego to five years in prison, authorities said.

Yoahjan Lara Flores, Arturo Lara and Alfredo Rubio Lara pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to possess an unregistered firearm or destructive device.

The trio tried to buy multiple M-203 launchers, multiple high explosive 40-millimeter cartridge ammunition and an M-4 rifle, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The launcher is a favored weapon by drug trafficking organizations operating along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to court documents.

An undercover agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives posed as a weapons trafficker and met and spoke with the men several times to broker a deal for arms destined for Mexico. On Sept. 29, they met in an El Centro parking lot to go through with the $1,900 deal. Lara Flores and Lara, both 22, were arrested there; Rubio Lara, 27, was arrested months later.Plea bargain set

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