A fourth member of the family, Remington Reese, 20, was acquitted on six smuggling charges and a conspiracy charge as the jury voted not guilty on 24 of 28 charges against the family.
A judge earlier dismissed two charges of money laundering against Rick and Terri Reese and their sons, Ryin and Remington, who were the target of an undercover sting operation carried out by Homeland Security and ATF.
3:52 p.m. — LAS CRUCES (AP) — Jurors in Las Cruces Wednesday are deliberating the fate of a Deming-area family accused of helping arm Mexican drug cartels.
The case against the Reese family, owners of New Deal Shooting Sports, went to the jury Tuesday.
Rick Reese, his wife, Terri, and their sons, Ryin and Remington, are all on trial. Prosecutors claim the defendants ignored their responsibilities by selling weapons and ammunition to a man who told them the arms were bound for La Sinaloa cartel.
The defense contends the family was set up by a self-proclaimed cartel member who made a deal with federal prosecutors after being arrested on marijuana distribution charges.
Prosecutors played tapes of the informant, Jose Roman, talking in the store about shipping the arms to Mexico. Reese said Roman was a boisterous braggart and he never took him seriously.