Border Patrol agent sentenced in theft of firearm parts
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona will have to serve nearly two years in prison for weapons-related crimes.
A federal judge sentenced 39-year-old Jesus Manuel Franco on Wednesday to 18 months for theft of firearm parts and equipment and the unlawful possession and transfer of two machine-gun conversion devices.
According to federal prosecutors, Franco, of Vail, was temporarily assigned to the Customs and Border Protection Armory in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia in 2014.
During his two-month stint, he unlawfully transferred 47 boxes of firearm parts and equipment worth $100,000 from the Armory to Wilcox, Arizona.
One box had the conversion devices.
A jury found Franco of all charges.