Federal authorities have arrested an American lady accused of attempting to smuggle a cargo of dozens of rifles in trampoline packaging throughout the border into Mexico earlier this week.
Mayra Alejandra Padron, a 31-year-old from Houston, was arrested Monday on the Hidalgo port of entry – allegedly carrying 44 rifles, a single handgun, a dissembled M249 machine gun and virtually 3,000 rounds of ammunition behind a grey Chevy pickup truck.
Padron allegedly informed Homeland Safety Investigations brokers that somebody paid her $200 to drive the Silverado from Houston to Mexico, that she’d made related runs prior to now and that she meant to open a cross-border delivery enterprise.
Padron has a prison file relationship again to when she was only a child – with a conviction for failure to determine or giving false info when she was 11 and for assaulting a public servant when she was 12, courtroom paperwork present.
Extra lately, police charged her with aggravated assault with a lethal weapon in December, a case that’s nonetheless pending.
The decide ordered her held with out bond Tuesday, courtroom paperwork present, citing her prison file, flight threat and statements from her prior bondsman that alleged she had not adopted her earlier launch circumstances.
Mayra Alejandra Padron, a 21-year-old from Houston, was arrested Monday on the Hidalgo port of entry – allegedly carrying 44 rifles, a single handgun, a dissembled M249 machine gun and virtually 3,000 rounds of ammunition behind a grey Chevy pic
Photographs of the seizure present dozens of rifles lined up on a warehouse ground. They embrace AK-47 and SKS weapons.
Investigators from Homeland Safety Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in addition to U.S. Border Patrol and Texas Division of Public Security took half within the bust.
In the course of the interview, she allegedly gave conflicting statements, in accordance with the prison criticism. First, she informed investigators she purchased “merchandise” to carry to her brother in Reynosa, 40 minutes south of the border, then mentioned it was for her brother’s neighbor, “Sergio.”
“Later within the interview, Padron acknowledged that an unknown particular person went to her home and recognized himself by saying that he was there on behalf of ‘Sergio’ to choose up her car and cargo it with merchandise,” the criticism reads. “Padron admitted that she ‘felt one thing was not proper’ as a result of ‘Sergio’ stored on ‘pushing’ her to get the trampolines delivered rapidly.”
She even allegedly accepted additional pay to depart Houston early – then “admitted that she was going to simply accept duty for what occurred,” in accordance with the criticism.
An lawyer listed for Padron didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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