I still don’t understand why the Cartel would go to a gunshop in AZ to buy guns. They can get fully automatic weapons, grenades, RPGs, claymores and so forth from many other sources.
Its almost enough to make a person think the ATF has a different agenda. /s
Time to get rid of the ATF, send them all packing.
FYI, the attorney for the defense is Pete Domenici Jr., the son of the former Republican senator.
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Another article on this: http://www.examiner.com/article/jailed-gun-dealer-family-hearing-scheduled-for-this-morning
Sickening the way the USG is going after them.
Meanwhile, a judge rejected Ryin Reese’s appeal for bail saying that because Reese has friends in Mexico, he is a flight risk. The judge also advanced the Reese’s trial date from October to July. Normally defense attorneys prefer to delay trials as long as possible, but since the Reese’s have been in jail since August and there appears to be little chance that any besides Terri will be aforded bail, the strategy seems to be that earlier is better. The civil forfeiture trial, in which the feds are attempting to claim virtually all of the family’s worldly goods, has not yet been scheduled.
Rick Reese, his wife Terri, and their two sons - Ryin, 24 and Remington, 19 - were arrested in August of 2011 on charges of knowingly selling guns and ammunition to illegal buyers for Mexican drug cartels. All of the family members have plead not guilty to the charges.
They were arrested without incident last August in Las Cruces, New Mexico on charges that they had knowingly sold guns and ammunition to smuggled to Mexican drug cartels. While I dont personally know the Reese family, I have spoken with a number of people who do. The Reeses are by all accounts, well respected and liked within the Deming/Las Cruces area where they had lived for over 20 years, running a successful gun store for the past 17. Rick Reese had planned to retire from the business and close the store at the end of 2011 in order to make a run for sheriff of Luna County. Son Ryin was in the process of opening a store of his own in Las Cruces. The family was asked to come down to the ATF offices to discuss Ryins application for a Federal Firearms License where they were arrested. Requests for bail have, so far, been denied on the grounds that they are flight risks and a threat to the community. The government has also announced their intent to move forward with a civil forfeiture hearing to claim virtually everything the family owns as ill-gotten gains.