Two soldiers in the California Army National Guard were sentenced Monday for selling guns, ammunition and military equipment to an undercover federal agent.
Andrew Reyes, a Marine veteran who joined the guard in 2008, will spend one year and one day in prison. His co-conspirator, fellow guardsman Jaime Casillas, received credit for time served.
Both men pleaded guilty in January to one charge of selling firearms without a federal license, according to court documents. Reyes also plead guilty to three charges of unlicensed transportation of firearms.
Court documents show the two men facilitated the sales of several AR-15s, ammunition and ballistic vests to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel between September 2014 and March 2015.
The deals totaled more than $15,000, court records show.
The men bought the weapons and equipment from a source in Texas before selling them to the undercover agent. A federal judge authorized placing multiple tracking devices on Reyes’s vehicle throughout the investigation.
Authorities arrested Reyes and Casillas in April 2015 — one month after Casillas offered to sell the undercover agent a .50-caliber rifle for $15,000. Law enforcement executed a search warrant on both men’s residences, but never recovered the rifle.