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Jun 11, 2012 2:34 PM

Man in Fast and Furious case pleads guilty

PHOENIX (AP) - A man who admitted to buying guns for a smuggling ring pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in the federal government's botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Julio Jose Carrillo faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on Friday to a charge of dealing guns without a license.

Authorities say Carrillo had claimed that the guns he bought were for him when he was actually making the purchases on behalf of the ring.

So far, 11 people in the alleged 20-member smuggling ring have pleaded guilty.

Federal authorities have faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than arrest the suspects and seize the guns there.

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