REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Long Beach woman from and her son are facing federal charges for smuggling firearms to the Philippines.
Marlou Mendoza was arrested last week at the Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities claims that she was illegally shipping hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of weapons and ammunition to the Philippines.
Her Philippines-based son Mark Louie Mendoza has also been charged in a separate indictment.
In 2011, Customs and Border Protection officers uncovered a cache of ammunition and firearms parts in an outbound crate being shipped by Marlou. They eventually conducted an investigation.
Prosecutors claim the mother and son tried to send the weapons parts and ammunition inside shipments they claimed were household goods.
Prosecutors allege that Marlou failed to provide written notice that she was shipping ammunition in three incidents.
If convicted she faces a 15-year maximum prison sentence.
Mark is charged with multiple counts that include conspiracy, unlawful export of munitions, smuggling, and of money laundering which translates to a possible 115 years in federal prison.