AUSTIN (KXAN) - Three people were arrested and several assault rifles possibly bound for Mexico were seized in an Austin police bust on Thursday.
Juan Carillo-Gallegos, Jorge Garcia and Mary Siller were arrested for purchasing the weapons during a controlled buy.
Police said all three suspects confessed to working with the Zetas Mexican Drug Cartel and planned on taking the guns across the border.
"They are getting the guns here to arm themselves for the constant battles they have with the other cartels," said Cmdr. Donald Baker with Austin Police Department Violent Crimes Division.
The suspects agreed to purchase five AK-47s for $7,500, according to police who also found five more assault rifles at a suspect's home in San Antonio.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized the weapons.
Baker said the guns obtained illegally in the United States are used to cause violence across the border.
"All the deaths that are happening [in Mexico] are because drug cartels are fighting for control," said Baker.
APD says Garcia and Siller's two children, ages 9 and 13, were in the car at the time of the controlled buy.
All three suspects are facing federal charges for transfer or possession of a machine gun and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
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