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Businessman Arrested for Buying Guns

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A McAllen businessman convicted of arranging for others to purchase assault rifles for him from gun stores has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term. 

A federal judge handed down the sentence to 48-year-old Manuel Tijerina-Herrera on Thursday. He will also have three years of supervised release. Tijerina-Herrera paid at least five other people to buy guns. So-called “straw purchases” are commonly used to get weapons to Mexico’s violent drug cartels.