Wednesday, July 20, 2011
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 4,000 rounds of ammunition from going into Mexico today from the Mariposa Port.
From the press release:
CBP officers conducting outbound operations at the Mariposa Port referred a 34-year-old U.S. citizen female, accompanied by her two minor children, for a secondary inspection. When officers inspected the vehicle, they discovered ammunition and high-caliber magazine cartridges concealed in duffel bags. Agents seized 4,050 rounds of ammunition and 100 AK-47 magazines. The subject was taken into custody and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. Custody of the minor children was turned over to a family member.
Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez applauded the CBP officers for their attention to detail and the continued results.
“Ammunition and weapons smuggling typify the true need for outbound inspections,” Ramirez said. “Like catching illegal drugs and other contraband coming into the United States, it’s just as important to prevent smuggling proceeds from funding further illegal ventures.”