2 sol­diers ar­rested in arms sales

Servicemen are ac­cused of sell­ing guns and ammo to agent pos­ing as mem­ber of Mex­i­can drug car­tel.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Tony Perry tony.perry@la­times.com Twit­ter: LATsandiego

Two sol­diers as­signed to the El Ca­jon ar­mory have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of il­le­gally sell­ing high-grade weaponry, in­clud­ing as­sault ri­fles and mil­i­tary ammunition.

The sales were al­legedly made to an un­der­cover fed­eral agent pos­ing as a mem­ber of a Mex­i­can drug car­tel.

Jaime Casil­las, 22, of El Ca­jon and An­drew Reyes, 34, of La Mesa wore their uni­forms dur­ing at least one trans­ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Among the items sold to the agent were 1,600 rounds of ammunition from a U.S. mil­i­tary in­ven­tory. Bul­letre­sis­tant body ar­mor sold to the agent was also from a mil­i­tary in­ven­tory, ac­cord­ing to the charges.

The 1,600 rounds were sold for $700 and the body ar­mor for $2,000, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments. A sec­ond sale of ammunition from a mil­i­tary in­ven­tory was al­legedly made for $800.

The sus­pects were ar­raigned Thurs­day in San Diego fed­eral court. Although Casil­las and Reyes are iden­ti­fied as Army re­servists in fed­eral court doc­u­ments, the Army Re­serve says they are mem­bers of the Cal­i­for­nia Na­tional Guard.

Casil­las, a Mex­i­can na­tional, and Reyes each face a charge of deal­ing in firearms with­out a fed­eral li­cense. Reyes also faces a charge of un­li­censed trans­porta­tion of weapons.

Doc­u­ments ac­cuse the two of seven trans­ac­tions in which they sold thou­sands of rounds of ammunition, four AR-15 ri­fles, an AK-47 as­sault ri­fle, a .40-cal­iber pis­tol, and a 7.62-cal­iber SKS rif le to the un­der­cover agent.

Reyes al­legedly boasted to the agent that the pis­tol had been used “to do a job” in Tijuana.

Some of the weapons were al­legedly pur­chased by Reyes in Texas and brought to San Diego to sell to the un­der­cover agent, who told Reyes and Casil­las that he planned to take them to Mex­ico.

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