Photo: Ammunition Smuggled to Mexico
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.