TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - After being convicted for theft of firearm parts and equipment and for the unlawful possession and transfer of two machine gun conversion devices, former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus Manuel Franco, from Vail, AZ was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The theft took place during a 2014 assignment that Franco accepted to the Customs and Border Protection Armory in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
According to the evidence at the trial, during a two-month period he illegally transferred 47 boxes of firearm parts and equipment, valued at approximately $100,000, from West Virginia to the Willcox CBP station. This was done without authorization and allegedly for personal use.
In one of those boxes transferred to Franco, were two machine gun conversion devices that qualified under federal law as machine guns, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. Franco also charged the government for shipping costs.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.