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8:01 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Jailed NM Gun Store Owner Says He Won't Eat

Las Cruces, NM – LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRWG) A jailed gun store owner alleged to have sold weapons that made it into the hands of Mexican cartels says he is on a hunger strike.

Ian Garland wrote in a letter to the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/ziqPSz ) that he won't eat until he is allowed visits from his lawyers and the media.

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of conspiracy and making false statements in the acquisition of firearms. He tried to withdraw his plea last month but U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack denied the request.

The Chaparral, N.M., man was one of 14 border residents who entered plea agreements in the case. One defendant is set for trial.

Authorities accused them of conspiring to smuggle about 200 firearms favored by Mexican cartels.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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