Fronton, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station seized a cache of weapons, ammunition and grenades near the Rio Grande Wednesday.
The weapons were confiscated when agents working in the area saw a pickup truck stop near the river and then drive away shortly thereafter. The agents walked over to the location and found footprints leading into the brush. As they followed the trail, they found a large duffle bag hidden within the brush.
Inside the bag agents found eight AK-47 assault rifles, two AR-15 assault rifles, two grenades, nearly 350 rounds of ammunition of varying calibers, several 30-round magazines and a 40 mm grenade launcher.
The McAllen Police Department's Bomb Squad was called in and detonated the two grenades. The weapons and ammunition were turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further investigation.
"The seizure of these weapons near the river indicates that weapons smugglers are having a hard time getting their contraband into Mexico via the normal points of entry," Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. "Therefore, they are taking more desperate measures and trying to get them across the river through various other methods."
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.