A sting operation in Brownsville, Texas brought in an illegal immigrant who was attempting to buy a grenade launcher and at least three AK-47’s. It is as yet unclear what the weapons were intended for, but at least the grenade launcher was headed for Mexico at the time of the bust.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives arrested Oscar Freddy Garcia (31) last week near Los Fresnos, TX after the failed purchase of the M-203 grenade launcher, according to court records.
Garcia, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has a criminal history and was arrested on June 1st 2015 near the border in Roma and was charged with entering the country illegally. He pled guilty, served his jail time and was sent back to Mexico.
In a similar case, federal agents arrested 36-year-old Dulce Maria Rippstine from San Juan, Texas, and 56-year-old Juan Martin Segura, an illegal immigrant from Mexico. These two remain in jail on charges of conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and are believed to have had various other individuals procure weapons on their behalf to send to Mexico.
There are multiple other connected cases not mentioned here that federal and state authorities have, and are currently in the process of shutting down.
If there was ever any doubt that the time for border security is upon us, this should serve as a reminder that not all immigrants come here in search of the American dream; some come here to bring a nightmare.