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Last 2 in Texas gun smuggling cases get prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The final two Houston residents convicted in a South Texas weapons smuggling ring linked to Mexico have been sentenced to prison.

Javier Resendez and Mary Bel Deanda pleaded guilty to conspiracy-related weapons counts. Resendez was sentenced Tuesday to nearly seven years in prison. A federal judge in Corpus Christi ordered Deanda to serve two years behind bars.

Resendez also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in an investigation since a 2013 traffic stop in Kingsville. Officers seized nearly three dozen assault-type rifles and discovered $26,000 hidden in the truck bound from Houston to McAllen.

Investigators say Resendez recruited six people from Houston as part of the ring. All seven individuals were convicted and have now been sentenced to prison.

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