Man sentenced for smuggling firearms out of US


A single pair of closed handcuffs against a plain white background.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico reports that Genovevo Alvarez-Ronquillo, 55, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for fraudulently purchasing firearms in the United States and then smuggling them to Mexico for resale.

According to a news release, in December 2019, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against Alvarez-Ronquillo, a citizen of Mexico with legal residence in the U.S. On March 6, 2019, the owner of a Las Cruces pawnshop alerted federal agents that Alvarez-Ronquillo had purchased multiple firearms with records showing that Alvarez-Ronquillo crossed the border near the dates of those transactions. Records recovered from two pawnshops in Las Cruces revealed that Alvarez-Ronquillo had purchased 33 firearms between June 2018 and Feb. 2019 according to the same news release.

On March 18, 2019, agents learned that Alvarez-Ronquillo had purchased nine more firearms but had to wait for background approval before taking them and on March 22, Alvarez-Ronquillo returned to the business to collect the firearms but agents arrived to question Alvarez-Ronquillo and arrested him later that day according to the same news release.

Alvarez-Ronquillo will be subject to two years of supervised release. However, the court has recommended that Immigration and Customs Enforcement begin removal proceedings during the service of his sentence.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video

Now Trending on

Video Forecast

Connor's Tuesday Afternoon Forecast

More Weather Video Forecast
Albuquerque Hourly Forecast

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Photo Gallery