SAN ANTONIO -

A convicted felon was sentenced Friday in San Antonio to 15 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to smuggle approximately 220 assault-type firearms into Mexico, according to the Department of Justice.

Eloy Olivares Garza pleaded guilty on Sept. 12, 2013, to one count of conspiracy to smuggle goods from the U.S. and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Garza conspired with others to illegally purchase firearms from licensed dealers in and around San Antonio and Austin between August 2006 and February 2007, then smuggled them into Mexico without receiving the appropriate licenses, according to court records.

Garza has a criminal record that includes a conviction in 1990 for conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver marijuana.