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CBP Officers at the Progreso Port of Entry Seize AK47 Assault Rifle During an Outbound Enforcement Operation

Release Date: 
July 24, 2012

Progreso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Progreso Port of Entry seized an AK-47 assault rifle.

CBP officers conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Progreso Port of Entry seized an AK-47 assault rifle.

CBP officers conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Progreso Port of Entry seized an AK-47 assault rifle.

On July 20, CBP officers working outbound enforcement operations at the Progreso International Bridge came in contact with a pedestrian as he attempted to exit the United States and enter Mexico. The male, identified as a 21-year-old United States citizen from Progreso, Texas was selected for outbound inspection by CBP officers. During the examination CBP officers discovered an AK-47 assault rifle hidden under his outer clothing. CBP officers quickly subdued the young man, placed him in handcuffs and escorted him to CBP secondary.

CBP officers seized the weapon and arrested the 21-year-old. The case has been referred to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

"Progreso CBP officers working outbound enforcement operations have prevented this assault rifle from being exported out of the U.S. and imported into Mexico. This is an outstanding contribution by our CBP officers on the border. I commend our officers for the seizure of this weapon and for this arrest," said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Progreso 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 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