2 soldiers arrested in arms sales
Servicemen are accused of selling guns and ammo to agent posing as member of Mexican drug cartel.
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.