Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Judge postpones trial for 20 in alleged gun ring
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has postponed the trial for 20 people accused of participating in a ring that brought more than 700 guns to be smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel.
The trial was set for June 7, but U.S. District Judge James Teilborg moved it to Feb. 28.
Records show that two rifles purchased by a man accused of buying guns for the ring were recovered at the scene of a December shootout near the Arizona-Mexico border that left a Border Patrol agent dead.
Prosecutors say the ring bought more than 700 guns to be smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel.
Authorities say the ring is believed to have supplied the Sinaloa cartel with guns.
The 20 accused people pleaded not guilty to the charges.