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Tucson residents sentenced to prison in arms smuggling case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two Tucson residents who pleaded guilty in a weapons smuggling case have been sentenced to prison terms.

A federal judge last week sentenced 29-year-old Michael Justin Huynh to five years and three months in prison and Katie Ellen O’Brien to five years.

Both had previously pleaded guilty to smuggling .50 caliber and AK-type semiautomatic assault rifles from the United States into Mexico.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Huynh and O’Brien in late 2017 and early 2018 together purchased a total of at least 16 AK-type semiautomatic rifles and three .50 caliber semiautomatic rifles for a person they knew was a drug trafficker.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with assistance from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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