Ernesto Gonzalez-Reyes, 48, a U.S. green card holder living in Reynosa, Mexico, was arrested Saturday following an outbound inspection of the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving. Customs officers found the weapons hidden in the cargo area panels and the front and rear bumpers of the vehicle.
Charges of attempting to smuggle semi-automatic weapons and ammunition into Mexico were filed in federal court Monday. Gonzalez-Reyes remained in federal custody pending a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Source: Lynn Brezosky for My San Antonio.
Gonzalez-Reyes, was charged on March 22, as a result of additional investigation work by ICE and ATF. The charges allege Gonzalez-Reyes willfully exported from the United States into Mexico defense articles for which he did not have a license or written authorization from the U.S. Department of State.
Gonzalez-Reyes remains in federal custody without bond pending a preliminary examination and detention hearing scheduled for March 25, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos.
Willfully exporting defense articles without a license or authorization carries a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment without parole and a $1 million fine upon conviction.