For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 3, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
Naples Couple Indicted for Smuggling Firearms
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Fort Myers, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces the return of an indictment charging Miguel Jiminez Borda (38) and Alejandra Maria Mayo (34), both of Naples, with two counts of attempting to smuggle firearms from the United States to Bolivia. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison per count. The indictment also notifies the couple that the United States intends to forfeit the firearms that they attempted to smuggle.
According to court documents, on June 27 and 28, 2017, Jiminez Borda and Mayo paid nearly $6,000 in cash to ship five boxes from the United States to Bolivia. The couple provided Federal Express with a fictitious sender name and labeled the box contents as “documents.” Federal agents searched the boxes and found more than 15 firearms hidden within hardened foam insulation, many of them AK-47 and AR-15 type weapons. The couple has allegedly shipped an estimated 50 such boxes to Bolivia since August 2016.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael V. Leeman.