Fort Worth Mom Accused Of Gun Running For Mexican Drug Cartel

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas beautician Mary Jane Esparza may be the last person people would suspect of helping the Mexican drug cartels, but Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents say that’s exactly what she was doing.

Esparza, a 34-year-old mother three and Fort Worth hair stylist, has been arrested on charges she was helping smuggle guns for Los Zeta Drug Cartel.

Federal investigators believe Esparza was being paid to locate people who could buy guns that officials believe were then smuggled to Mexico.

“Often times the cartel members are convicted felons or they’re illegal aliens and they cannot legally purchase [guns] and pass the background checks,” explained ATF Special Agent Tom Crowley. “So, that’s why they have to employ people who can legally purchase weapons, or who might seem to fly ‘under the radar’.”

According to the federal complaint, Esparza is accused of offering to pay a man $800 to buy four semi-automatic weapons.

“Certainly a lot of times these drug cartels employ people they know, friends, neighbors, even relatives, or just somebody needing to make some extra money,” said Crowley.

ATF agents believe Esparza received the money to purchase guns and was paid by the Zeta Family Cartel.

Just last week a federal grand jury indicted and charged 13 North Texans with running a cocaine distribution conspiracy linked to the Zetas Cartel.

According to Agent Crowley, the ATF has investigated some 90 gun running cases in North Texas over the past year.

  • dfwman

    Who is going to cut my hair now??

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  • sokoyah

    She’s not guilty

    • 2sister

      She may or may not be guilty. We can’t determine that from a news article.

      If you are a friend or loved one of hers, I can understand why you would want to believe that she is innocent and I’m not saying that she isn’t innocent of the crime. I honestly don’t know one way or the other from just reading an article. I do know, however, that it is hard to want to believe that someone could possible be guilty of something. Also, not wanting it to be so doesn’t make someone innocent of a crime. I have friend whose husband or ex-husband was guilty of a crime. I didn’t want it to be true, but sadly it was. He admitted it to a judge. Also, they had surveillance video showing him committing the crime.

  • darrell

    prosecute, deport if possible, investigate the entire family.

    having said that. ive said this many times. sealing that border with mexico, really sealing it, will solve so many problems in mexico and here. once you seal it you can go about the buisness of legalizing those illegals here so that they can contribute to the industries and services they now use that taxpayers now foot the bill for. it will stop or severly limit the flow of guns, money, drugs and undesirables across it. without a place to sell its drugs the cartels lose their financing and their reason to exist. overall the savings just in dollars on this side of the border would top 1 trillion dollars inside 3 years. because of the savings on services and education, the increased tax revenue, the decline in crime associated with the illegal issue and the need to financially support an oil producing nation like mexico because they are corrupt and dont want the border closed. if you think i am wrong then you are part of the problem.

    • 2sister

      First, have a trial, and then prosecute if she is found guilty. I doubt they can deport her if she is found guilty. It sounds like she is a U. S. citizen.

      • darrell

        2sister, to prosecute IS to have a trial. i do not know if she is a citizen or not

    • NiteNurse

      Darrell just because her name is Esparza doesn’t mean she’s an illegal. You can’t deport a US citizen, what good does that do Silly? Our drug addicts HERE in the US support the billion dollar industry that the drug lords run in Mexico. Ever smoke some weed? Did you ever think that weed might be from Mexico and how you or someone you know indirectly supported these drug lords. As with all you chicken hearted white Americans never want to take responsiblity for supporting directly or indirectly all the illegals who come here over the border. STOP GIVING THEM JOBS, STOP USING THEIR LABOR, AND STOP USING ILLEGAL DRUGS. Guess what border problem SOLVED…thank you!

      • darrell

        NiteNurse. no where in my statement did i imply, suggest or accuse the alledged of being an illegal. STOP TROLLING! my comments about the border etc were directed towards the illegal activities occuring every day because that border is uncontrolled. activities like the illegal hispanic insurgency, drug, gun and human trafficking. sealing that border is the only effective way to solve many problems here and in mexico that currently exist. its not just about labor and drugs. its about a 200 billion dollar drain each year on this countries taxpayer money and many other issues.

    • Kay

      And exactly how do you intend to “really seal” a border that is almost 2,000 miles long??? You didn’t mention that in your post…yet everything else you wrote is utterly dependent on doing just that.

      • darrell

        yes Kay, the border between the US and Mexico. i know how long it is.

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    Hey Darrell, You knew it all before God We’re STUPID Ok. You feel better now Man, You Rat FINK

  • theync

    The Zetas? Nice.

  • Rick McDaniel

    Probably wasn’t as effective as the ATF, though.

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