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04-09-2012, 09:50 PM
A U.S. Border Patrol agent from El Paso and his girlfriend were arrested today accused of buying weapons and ammunition that they intend to be sold in Mexico.

Agent Ricardo Montalvo, 28, and his girlfriend, Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, 29, were arrested on charges of conspiracy, firearms and smuggling charges, said officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico. The pair were arrested this morning without incident.

Montalvo had been on desk duty since January 2011 when the investigation began. Gonzales-Ortiz is a Mexican citizen and legal resident, officials said.

The pair are expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge Tuesday in federal court in El Paso.

They are accused in a 20 count indictment that was unsealed Monday.

From November 2010 to January 2011, the pair allegedly conspired to buy nine firearms for other people. Montalvo allegedly bought about 20,000 rounds of ammo, 97 high-capacity magazines (including ten 100 round magazines for 5.56 mm rifles) and four 37 mm flare launchers that Mexican drug cartels can convert to grenade launchers, officials said.