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CBP Officers Catch Smuggler at Border With 80 AK-47 Ammo Magazines

Release Date: 
December 17, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A Mexican national was arrested Sunday night for attempting to smuggle empty ammunition magazines for assault weapons out of the United States.

Customs and Border Protection officers and Yuma County Sheriff's deputies conducting outbound operations at the Port of San Luis referred Jose Angel Palacios Hernandez, 20, of neighboring San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of the Oldsmobile sedan he was driving. Palacios was taken into custody after 80 ammunition magazines used for AK-47 assault rifles were located throughout the vehicle.

The vehicle and magazines were seized. Palacios was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

CBP officers in San Luis, Ariz. seize empty ammunition magazines from a smuggling vehicle attempting to enter Mexico

CBP officers in San Luis, Ariz. seize empty ammunition magazines from a smuggling vehicle attempting to enter Mexico

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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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017