Victor Acosta, 47, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced on Monday by United States District Judge James A. Soto to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Acosta pleaded guilty to one count of Smuggling Goods from the United States.
On March 23, 2022, Acosta attempted to exit the United States and enter Mexico at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. During a search of his vehicle, Customs and Border Protection officers found 19,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammunition and 3,000 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition. Acosta admitted that he had the ammunition in his vehicle.
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Brandon M. Bolling, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.