BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge arrested three individuals early Sunday, after discovering two loaded handguns in their vehicle.
Around 4:30 am, CBP officers at Peace Bridge encountered a vehicle after it made a wrong turn on Peace Bridge. The driver, a 25-year-old male, along with two passengers, a 24-year-old male and 22-year-old female, all U.S. Citizens, stated they had accidentally entered the bridge and just wanted to return to the U.S. The vehicle was sent to secondary inspection for further examination.
During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered two loaded handguns, including a 9-mm automatic pistol, a .32-caliber revolver, and ammunition for each weapon. Officers also discovered a duffel bag in the trunk of the vehicle, containing fatigue-style clothing and a mask.
“CBP Officers are the first line of defense and work diligently to protect the public,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “This is an excellent example of the daily dangers our officers face while protecting our nation’s borders.”
The handguns, clothing and ammunition were seized and all three subjects were arrested and turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.
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.