Oklahoma Narcotics Agent Accused of Gun Running

An Oklahoma City man who is a former agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control is expected to plead guilty this week to charges stemming from allegations of his involvement in a scheme to run guns. 

Gun Running Scheme

Francisco Javier Reyes, 29,  is accused of being part of a conspiracy to buy semi-automatic weapons in Oklahoma and smuggle them into Mexico.  He was still an Oklahoma drug enforcement agent at the time of the crime. For his role in the gun running, Reyes faces a conspiracy charge and an Oklahoma gun charge of transferring firearms to an out-of-state resident.  If Reyes does, in fact, plead as expected, he faces a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and five years in prison for each charge.

Two other men have also been charged for their roles in the attempt to smuggle guns to Mexico.  Gregorio Morales-Martinez, an illegal immigrant living in Texas, is accused of paying Reyes and two others to purchase the semi-automatic rifles.  He was charged this week with one count each of conspiracy to defraud the ATF and of being an illegal immigrant in possession of firearms, and with two counts of making false statements on ATF forms.

Jorge Alexis Blanco, 25, also from Oklahoma, is accused of working with Reyes and another accomplice, since deceased, to purchase 43 firearms to sell to Morales-Martinez. 

Unlawful Possession of Firearms in Oklahoma

For his role in the unlawful possession of firearms in Oklahoma,  Blanco has been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the ATF and five counts of making false statements on ATF forms. According to court documents, some of the firearms in the gun running scheme were seized by authorities as they were being smuggled into Mexico.

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