NOGALES, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized more than 1,900 rounds of ammunition at the Dennis DeConcini Port Thursday.
Officers assigned to routine outbound inspections referred a 26-year-old Mexican national for a secondary inspection of her Chevrolet truck before entering Mexico. During the inspection, officers discovered a duffle bag in the cargo area filled with assorted ammunition ranging in size from 9 mm to .223 Remington calibers.
The ammunition and vehicle were processed for seizure. The woman was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.