Skip to comments.A Disturbing Case in New Mexico Guilty or not, this is too much
Posted on 02/18/2012 7:18:17 AM PST by marktwain
A family of four Rick Reese, his wife Terri, and their two sons, Ryin - 24 and Remington - 19 was arrested in Las Cruces, New Mexico on August 30, 2011. They have been held in four separate county and federal detention facilities without bond ever since. Their alleged crime is that, over the course of several months, they sold between 15 and 30 guns to people they knew, or should have known were gun traffickers for Mexican drug gangs. The Reeses insist that they are innocent of any crime.
Shortly after they were arrested in Las Cruces, dozens of police vehicles, including four armored personnel carriers and two helicopters, full of armed officers and agents from numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies swarmed over the Reeses home and businesses. The entire firearm and ammunition inventory was taken from Rick Reeses store as well as his entire personal collection of firearms and all cash and valuables from his home safe. Even the 30 to 40 empty gun safes that were on display at the store were seized. US Attorney Ken Gonzales indicated that he is going to seek asset forfeiture of the Reeses home and 25 acre property (including the shooting range on the property which he leased to various law enforcement agencies), all of the cash and valuables seized, their vehicles, and a monetary judgment of at least $36,000 from whatever assets might be left.
In a prepared statement to the press US Attorney Gonzales stated: This case serves to put firearms dealers on notice that they will be held accountable for any failure to comply with federal firearms laws.
I have no real problem with that statement except that I strongly disagree with many federal firearms laws, but until we can get those changed, licensed dealers are obligated to comply with them. Whats more, dealers, particularly dealers in southern border states, have been well aware of heightened scrutiny and enforcement for the past several years. It is almost inconceivable that any dealer, particularly a successful and prosperous one like Rick Reese, would jeopardize their life and livelihood for the sake of a few ill-gotten dollars. What bothers me most though, is the heavy handed treatment of the Reeses, the judges refusal to establish bond for them, and something else that US Attorney Gonzales said: Those who sell firearms knowing that they will be illegally smuggled into Mexico to arm Mexican Cartels share responsibility for the violence that has been devastating Mexico.
While the Reese family sits in their various jail cells accused of should have known, it should be pointed out that in Operation Fast & Furious, the ATF and DOJ, along with the US Attorney for Arizona, twisted dealers arms to get them to sell over 2000 guns to traffickers for Mexican drug gangs. They did this with every intention of allowing the un-monitored guns to reach the bad guys and only tracked them by the crime scenes where they quickly began to show up. The program was only stopped when two of those guns turned up at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terrys murder.
My question for US Attorney Gonzales is; when are those responsible for Fast & Furious going to be arrested and tried for their contributions to the violence that has been devastating Mexico?
Something else to consider when looking at the Reese case is that convicted straw purchasers are typically sentenced to less than one year in prison if they are prosecuted at all. Prosecutors generally require that straw purchasers have records of purchasing high numbers of guns and that some of those guns can subsequently tied to violent crimes. Such standards make the aggressive treatment of the Reese family, all of whom have spotless records in their business and their personal lives, look even more excessive.
I dont know the Reeses and really have no idea whether they knowingly broke the law. I do know that they had a reputation for being responsible citizens, and that they have insisted that they are innocent and will not plea bargain. I also know that they are facing well over $100,000 in just basic legal costs. If Rick and Terri and the boys are eventually exonerated, they will walk away with probably $200,000 in legal bills and damaged, depreciated inventory if they can recover it. Courts are notoriously loath to return guns under any circumstances and even less inclined to return ammunition. Ricks plans to close the shop at the end of the year and run for Sheriff are crushed. His son Ryins plans to open a new shop in Las Cruces with a lot of his fathers remaining inventory are also destroyed.
Regardless of the Reeses guilt or innocence, this case raises serious questions about the equity of our legal system, the show-boat tactics of some federal law enforcement agencies, and the complexity of our nations gun laws. Crimes should be punished, but more importantly, justice should be served. That doesnt seem to be happening in this case. Im going to keep monitoring this one. Financial support for the Reeses can be sent to the following: REESE DEFENSE FUND ATTENTION: Patricia Arias FIRST SAVINGS BANK 520 South Gold Deming,NM 88030
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Their alleged crime is that, over the course of several months, they sold between 15 and 30 guns to people they knew, or should have known were gun traffickers for Mexican drug gangs.Sounds likes they'd make a good Attorney General of the US.
So where is Holder being kept? What jail is Soetoro in?
Calling Eric "The Red" Holder, it's your turn before the Judge. And if you are nice and reveal who ordered you to "run guns" to Mexico we might reduce the sentence. Your boss, the one who resides at 1600 Penn. Ave. is responsible.
So all four of them have been held for over a year with no bond. Does that translate into held without bail? Do they have access to attorneys, I wonder.
“Ricks plans to close the shop at the end of the year and run for Sheriff are crushed. His son Ryins plans to open a new shop in Las Cruces with a lot of his fathers remaining inventory are also destroyed.”
This could be the reason behind all of this.
This is most disgusting and if they are guilty it is because they were set up. I know one of the supposed straw buyers and no one would have thought that she was going to sell the gun to a cartel. Her husband actually died because of the stress of this, he was also charged.
They also raided the home of the head of the TEA party and took all his guns and arrested his wife while he was in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment. They had nothing on him but it sure didn’t help the health matters.
We bought guns there and so did all the law enforcement in 3 counties for their personal weapons.
They can’t get this fast and furious stuff out in the open soon enough for me.
Don’t be silly, FRiend.
Laws are for the little people and mouthbreathers, like you and me. Laws don’t apply to the “Magic Negro” and Eric “Just Us” Holder. /sarc
Welcome to Soviet States of America.
“Ricks plans to close the shop at the end of the year and run for Sheriff are crushed. “
At taxpayer expense, too! Win-Win!
Unfortunately for the Reese’s, it’s not about justice. It’s about power and control. They have none. The rulers have it all.
Should have known is a pretty high standard. Until holder goes to jail these laws are a farce
If they had not sold the guns to those “they should have known” were Mexican drug traffickers, they would have been charged with some sort of hate crime.
I hope things turn out ok for this man, and if he DOES beat the charges, I can think of no better candidate to run for Sheriff. He might have a whole different view of his colleagues in Federal "law enforcement" than he might otherwise have had.
I am beginning to believe that the only justice we will see for Obama and Holder and all their minions will be at the Great White Throne, just before they are cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
His two mistakes?
1. Warning his betters that he was going to be uppity and run for sheriff
2. Having assets worth seizing.
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