- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police say two people found with assault rifles and ammunition during a routine traffic stop in Orange County admitted they were smuggling the guns for a Mexican drug cartel.

Andrew Cardiel Jr. and Heather Magun Gurule have pleaded not guilty to felony weapons charges.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1z0TgQE ) cites court records that show a Newport Beach police officer wrote in a declaration that the pair said they were transporting the weapons to the U.S. border for a cartel. The officer called them a flight risk.

Public defenders for Cardiel and Gurule could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Their Dodge Caravan was pulled over last month because it had expired tags.

Officers uncovered seven AK-47 assault rifles, 16 magazines and more than 350 rounds of ammunition.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com


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