TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized more than 5,500 rounds of assorted ammunition March 22 at the Port of Nogales.
Officers performing routine outbound inspections referred an 18-year-old Mexican male for a secondary inspection of his GMC SUV before proceeding into Mexico. During the search, officers found 5,560 rounds of assorted ammunition hidden throughout the vehicle.
Officers turned the vehicle, ammunition and subject over to U.S Homeland Security Investigations.
Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez praised his officers for the interception. “This interception is a direct result of the hard work and continued vigilance of our CBP officers,” he said. “Keeping ammunition out of the hands of drug traffickers disrupts their operations and reduces violence along the border.”
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.