Former Businessman Accused of Smuggling Ammunition, Ballistic Vests To Mexico

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POSTED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 10:16pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 10:23am

A former El Paso businessman is charged in connection with a scheme to smuggle ammunition and other prohibited items into Mexico.

Federal agents arrested Hector Ayala, 48, on Monday.

The indictment said that for two years until December 2011, Ayala organized a scheme to send ammunition, about 300 high capacity ammunition magazines and about 800 ballistic vests to Mexico.

The indictment alleges Ayala made financial transactions with the money he received.

We've been following this story since December when federal agents raided Ayala's former business, Uniforms of Texas.

Ayala faces charges of facilitating the smuggling of goods from the U.S., illegally transporting ballistic vests and high capacity magazines without a license and money laundering.

If convicted, he faces up to 80 years in prison.

Ayala is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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