Texas man admits to firearms offense linked to murder of U.S. citizens in Mexico

A Texas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling a firearm into Mexico. That same weapon would later be used in the kidnapping and murders of American citizens.

Roberto Lugardo Moreno Jr., 42, admitted to purchasing a gun he knew was going to be provided to members of the Gulf cartel.

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In early March, the gun would be used by the cartel to kidnap four American citizens in Mexico, one of whom was visiting for a voluntary medical procedure.

Two of the victims were killed as the cartel mistook them for Haitian drug traffickers.

Moreno Jr. will be sentenced on August 9, and could face both a decade in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.