Agents Raid Deming Gun Shop; Make Arrests In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – Federal agents have raided a Deming gun store and arrested the owner, his wife and their two sons on a 30-count indictment accusing them of smuggling guns across the border with Mexico.

According to the federal indictment, the firearms sold by the defendants included 27 AK-47-type rifles, three AR-15 rifles, two .50 caliber rifles, and two 9 mm pistols weapons favored by Mexican Cartels.

U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales says Rick and Terri Reese and their sons, Ryin and Remington, were arrested in nearby Las Cruces where they were opening a new shop.

Authorities say after the arrests, state and federal officers executed search warrants on the New Deal Shooting Sports in Deming and the family home Tuesday.

It's not clear if the family has retained attorneys. The defendants are scheduled to make their initial appearances in the federal courthouse in Las Cruces on Thursday.

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