BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A former Rio Hondo police officer has been sentenced to prison on gun charges.
Armando Duenez, 31, was sentenced to over five years in prison for his convictions for conspiracy to export firearms and failure to appear and also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following completion of his prison term.
Duenez was accused of exporting weapons from the United States to Mexico by purchasing firearms and selling them for a profit to individuals who smuggled the weapons.
Duenez admitted to purchasing more than 15 semi-automatic rifles that were later sold in Mexico.
Duenez was arrested for the firearms offense in July 2008. After being release on bond, Duenez failed to appear for his arraignment having fled to Mexico. Duenez remained in Mexico until he surrendered to United States Marshals Service in December 2012.