David Diaz Sosa, 27, a native of Sinaloa, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in Tucson, Arizona
David Diaz Sosa, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg yesterday after pleading guilty in April 2011 on four counts of conspiracy to buy and export high-caliber weapons, including portable anti-aircraft missile, which would be used by organized crime.
The Mexican citizen was sentenced to five years-probation, after pleading guilty to possession and attempted sale of amphetamines.
In its ruling, the judge said that if this “diabolical operation” had been performed successfully had put extremely dangerous weapons in the hands of “ruthless, bloody and savage gang”.
“With the confiscation of significant amounts of amphetamines, this operation is not only meant a financial loss for the Mexican cartel, but also prevented more violence to keep these weapons out of the reach of the cartels,” said John S. Leonardo, attorney general of the United States in Arizona, in a press release.
According to court documents filed in late 2009, Diaz Sosa, a buyer of arms and narcotics originating in Sinaloa, began negotiating the purchase of high-powered weapons for the Sinaloa cartel with undercover federal agents.
A shipment of 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine would serve as a deposit payment for the purchase of arms.
Among the list of weapons included three boxes of hand grenades, two anti-tank weapons, two weapons AT-4s, portable anti-aircraft missile known in English as “Stinger”, a machine gun M-60 and a .30 caliber.
In February 2010, Diaz Sosa and his accomplice identified as Emilia Palomino-Robles were arrested.
Last March, Palomino Robles was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release.