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CBP Officers Seize 16,000 Rounds of Ammunition at the Hidalgo International Bridge

Release Date: 
May 5, 2022

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted 16,000 rounds of 7.62x39 rifle ammunition and .38 caliber pistol ammunition.

“Our CBP officers prevented this ammunition from landing in the streets of Mexico, helping to save countless lives all thanks to their diligent inspection work,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “The undeclared exportation of weapons and ammunition into Mexico is illegal.”

Boxes and bags containing 16,000 rounds of undeclared ammunition seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge during an outbound examination..
Boxes and bags containing 16,000 rounds of undeclared
ammunition seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo
International Bridge during an outbound examination. 

On May 3, 2022, CBP officers conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a white Chevrolet pickup truck driving southbound to Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment. After physically inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered 3,000 rounds of .38 caliber pistol ammunition and 13,000 7.62x39 rifle ammunition hidden within the vehicle. 

CBP OFO seized the ammunition and vehicle, and the case remains under investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).

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Last modified: 
May 5, 2022