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Mexico Holds Smuggling Suspects

January 14, 1998

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) _ Two brothers have confessed to smuggling hundreds of weapons into Mexico and selling some of them to members of a powerful drug cartel, according to Mexican authorities.

Rene Ambriz, 24, and Hugo Ambriz, 26, both of El Paso, Texas, were arrested Saturday across the border in Ciudad Juarez. They were transferred to Mexico City because they were believed to be dangerous, according to a statement Tuesday from the Mexican attorney general’s office.

The brothers confessed to having sold weapons to the Juarez cartel, an organization run by reputed drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes until his death in July, the attorney general’s office said.

Officials say the brothers brought more than 1,000 firearms into Mexico, including hundreds of AK-47s.

``We are cooperating with federal police in Mexico City and the investigation is continuing,″ said Arturo Chavez, attorney general for the border state of Chihuahua.

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