McALLEN–A Houston woman was convicted Thursday after a jury deliberated for 30 minutes in a straw purchasing case after authorities discovered the weapons were taken to Mexico by another person.
Nayely Ruby Herrera, 21, of Houston, has been convicted of making a false statement concerning the purchase of firearms on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, federal prosecutors said.
During the two-hour trial before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, the government presented evidence that Herrera had purchased 15 AK-47 weapons from The Armory, a gun dealer, in McAllen on four different occasions between February and April of last year.
The case began when the four rifles were discovered being taken into Mexico by another person. Testimony demonstrated that Herrera was subsequently interviewed and admitted that over a period two months she had made false statements during the purchase of all of the firearms.
She also admitted in a handwritten statement that she had purchased the firearms for other individuals, that they provided her with money to purchase the firearms and that she was personally compensated to do so.
Judge Micaela Alvarez has set sentencing for Aug. 16, 2012, at which time she faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
Herrera was taken into custody after the jury returned its verdicts where she will remain until sentencing.