Andrade, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents performing southbound inspections at the Andrade border crossing discovered a gun and ammunition inside the belongings of a 25-year-old woman.
At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday officers inspecting vehicles and pedestrians leaving the United States stopped the woman, a U.S. citizen from Yuma, Ariz., before she walked into Mexico carrying her purse and a large duffle bag.
As the officers and agents interviewed the woman, she became visibly nervous, so they inspected her bag and purse. They found an unloaded .40-caliber Heckler and Koch handgun in her purse, and nine rounds of ammunition in the duffle bag.
CBP seized the weapon and ammunition, and turned the woman over the Imperial County Sheriff's Office. She was transported to the Imperial County Jail and will face criminal charges.
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.