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Ex-Texas Officer Gets Prison For Conspiracy To Export Rifles To Mexico

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former South Texas police officer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison in a guns case with ties to Mexico.

A federal judge in Brownsville sentenced 31-year-old Armando Duenez (DWHEN’-ehz). He pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to export firearms and failure to appear.

Investigators say Duenez was a Rio Hondo police officer at the time of the scheme to export rifles from the U.S. to Mexico.

Duenez was arrested for the firearms offense in July 2008. Prosecutors say Duenez was free on bond when he fled to Mexico. He surrendered in December.

Duenez on Wednesday received five-year prison terms on both counts. A portion of the combined sentences will be served consecutively for a total sentence of 64 months.

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