San Luis, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP's Joint Field Command - Arizona, arrested a Mexican teen Tuesday for attempting to smuggle ammunition into Mexico. Officers seized more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition used with an AK-47 assault rifle.
CBP Officers referred the 18-year-old San Luis, Sonora, Mexico man for a secondary inspection of his Ford sedan prior to being able to cross into Mexico. When officers searched the trunk of the vehicle, they located two containers that contained 2,520 round of 7.62mm ammunition. The ammunition and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject 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 announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.