04/05/2012

Man accused in 'Fast and Furious' case to change plea

Jaime Avila Jr. allegedly bought two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent

By Jacques Billeaud
Associated Press

PHOENIX — A man accused of buying two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent near the U.S.-Mexico border is set to change his plea in the botched government gun smuggling case known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Jaime Avila Jr. faces charges of dealing guns without a license and making false statements in firearms purchases as part of the investigation.

Avila had previously pleaded not guilty.

He is accused of working in a ring accused of buying guns and smuggling them into Mexico for use by the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Authorities say two AK-47 variants bought by Avila were found after a 2010 shootout that killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

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