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Two Americans Held on Gun-Smuggling

October 10, 1999

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Mexico has arrested two U.S. citizens on charges of smuggling and stockpiling illegal weapons, the attorney general’s office said Sunday.

The Americans, arrested in the central state of San Luis Potosi on Sept. 29, were identified as Robert James Bryce and Paula Sue Keller and are accused of entering Mexico with false documents. Authorities didn’t give their hometowns.

The attorney general’s office said Bryce had a .32 caliber gun at the time of his arrest. Police then obtained a search warrant for Bryce’s home and found four rifles, nine guns, eight clips, 195 cartridges and 17 knives and swords.

Police later raided a ranch in San Luis Potosi that Bryce is believed to own, in which a 16 year old armed with a 9mm gun and another man were arrested.

The attorney general’s office said Texas authorities had issued arrest warrants against the two suspects on gun-smuggling charges, but didn’t say which county issued the warrants. U.S. authorities have not presented an extradition request.

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