Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working an outbound operation at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge recently seized 5,000 rounds of live ammunition.
On August 3, CBP officers working outbound enforcement operations at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge came in contact with a southbound 2005 Ford Excursion. The vehicle and driver were headed into Mexico. The male driver was identified as a 21-year-old Mexican citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
CBP officers conducted an inspection of the vehicle and seized 4,000 rounds of live .223 caliber ammunition and 1,000 rounds of 7.62 x 39 caliber ammunition. The ammunition boxes were found hidden underneath the rear seat of the Ford Excursion.
The vehicle was seized and the southbound traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
"I commend our frontline officers for their work in preventing the illegal exportation of this huge amount of ammunition normally associated with high-powered assault type weapons," said Michael T. Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry. "Our officers continue working hard to interdict and seize merchandise from being exported contrary to U.S. law."
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.