The two were part of a smuggling ring.
Jacob Anthony Montelongo was sentenced in federal court in Phoenix to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and dealing guns without a license. Sean Christopher Steward received a nine-year sentence for conspiracy and making false statements to authorities.
According to the U.S. Justice Department, Steward and Montelongo were among so-called straw buyers who illegally purchased weapons for traffickers and Mexican drug cartels in a wide-ranging Phoenix-based gun trafficking ring…
Twenty people were initially indicted in the overall weapons case, including Montelongo and Steward, who authorities say were among the most prolific of the straw buyers. They were accused of illegally purchasing hundreds of firearms sold to criminals in Mexico, including associates of major Mexican drug cartels.