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Latino Daily News

Thursday October 27, 2011

7,500 Rounds of Ammunition About to be Smuggled to Mexico Seized at Border

7,500 Rounds of Ammunition About to be Smuggled to Mexico Seized at Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP’s Joint Field Command – Arizona, arrested a man for attempting to smuggle nearly 7,500 rounds of ammunition into Mexico yesterday.

Nogales CBP officers conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred the 51-year-old Mexican man living in Rio Rico, for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet SUV. When officers searched the vehicle, they discovered 5,860 rounds of 7.62 x 39, 1,100 rounds of .223-caliber and 500 rounds of 9-mm ammunition concealed in the vehicle’s quarter panels. In addition, a tactical armored vest was seized.

After arresting the man, CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation for further investigation.