Woman, Daughter Sentenced for Buying Guns for Cartels

Woman, Daughter Sentenced for Buying Guns for Cartels
(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

If illegal immigrants yearning for a better life were the worst thing coming out of Mexico, I’d say we were pretty lucky. I’m not saying anything about illegal immigration as it actually is here and now, I’m only saying there are worse thing we could be dealing with.

Like the Mexican cartels.

We know how bad the cartels are there. They’re about half a heartbeat away from turning Mexico into a failed state in a lot of ways and the Mexican government doesn’t even control large portions of their country.

It’s ugly.

And, unsurprisingly, the Mexican government wants to blame the United States for it because we don’t have sufficient gun control laws in their mind. A lot of American anti-gunners blame the US for it, too.

But the only way to smuggle guns to the cartels is through illegal means. They’re breaking the law to do it and I fail to see how additional laws will change that.

Luckily, at least some of those buying guns for the cartels have been caught.

Two women who were accused of buying firearms from a federally firearm license (FFL) dealer in Lubbock in December 2022, were sentenced on Thursday to a combined 18 months in federal prison, according to plea papers.

Cassandra Gonzalez, 51, and Imajah Tierra Cervantes, her 29-year-old daughter, were indicted in March, a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty in June to false statements during the purchase of a firearm and was sentenced in October to 6 months in federal prison for False Material Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm. The press release said that Cervantes pleaded guilty in July to straw purchasing of a firearm and was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison.

Cervantes, however, told agents that a Mexican man living in Dallas provided her with the money to purchase the rifle, and said that she and her mother were going to receive $2,000 for purchasing the firearm and delivering it to the man, who she knew was affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel, the press release said. She admitted that she’d delivered a gun to him before and that she knew the man intended to use the firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

So she bought the gun knowing she was providing guns to the cartels.

Yeah, I’m sorry, but I’m not going to lose a moments sleep about these two going to prison. I’m only sorry it’s not for longer.

Look, I have an issue with pretty much every gun law currently on the books anywhere in the country. However, I have just as much of an issue with the people who break those gun control laws in such a way that it provides ammunition to the anti-gunners.

People like these two.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the cartels would get guns through some other means–and, to be honest, probably do–but each instance like this just makes it that much easier for some anti-gunner to convince someone else that we need more gun control to help Mexico or something.

They don’t get that Mexico wasn’t exactly a beacon of justice and morality before the cartels took hold, but whatever.

These two got sentenced and the guns they intended to send south of the border never got there.