Donna, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working outbound enforcement operations at the newly-opened Donna International Bridge on Saturday seized 20 small-caliber rifles, four shotguns, two handguns, four high-capacity magazines and 4,448 rounds of ammunition.
The incident, Dec. 18, marked the first significant seizure at the Donna International Bridge since it opened just six days earlier. CBP officers encountered a 2000 bronze GMC Sierra pickup as it attempted to exit the United States to enter Mexico. The driver, identified as a 45-year-old male citizen of Mexico who resides in McAllen, Texas, was escorted to secondary inspection area for further review. In secondary, inspection of the GMC by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 20 .22-caliber rifles, one 20-gauge shotgun, three 12-gauge shotguns, one semi-automatic .380-caliber handgun, one .357-caliber revolver, four-high capacity magazines and 4,448 rounds of ammunition concealed within the vehicle. CBP officers seized all the weapons, magazines and the vehicle.
CBP officers took the driver into custody and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"This is the first significant seizure at the Donna International Bridge and CBP officers will continue to work diligently to stem the flow of weapons out of and narcotics into the country. I congratulate our CBP officers for an outstanding job with this interception," said Port Director Nancy Becker, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry.
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.