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Man accused in botched gun probe to change plea

Man accused of buying 2 guns found at scene of shooting of federal agent set to change plea By The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) ' A man accused of buying two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent near the Arizona-Mexico border is scheduled to change his plea Thursday in a gun smuggling case.

Jaime Avila Jr. faces charges of dealing guns without a license and making false statements in firearms purchases as part of the federal government's botched gun smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Avila is accused of working in a ring accused of buying guns and smuggling them into Mexico for use by the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Avila had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Authorities say two AK-47 variants bought by Avila were found in the aftermath of a 2010 shootout that mortally wounded Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

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