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CBP Officers Seize Assault Rifles Bound for Mexico

Release Date: 
October 11, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A Yuma man was arrested this morning for attempting to smuggle assault weapons out of the United States.

Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents conducting outbound operations at the Port of San Luis referred Ramon Avitia, 18, for a secondary inspection of the Jeep SUV that he was driving. Avitia was taken into custody after two AK-47 assault rifles and four ammunition magazines were located inside the vehicle. The rifles were hidden under the rear bench seat and the magazines were concealed in the center console.

CBP officers in San Luis, Ariz. discover hidden assault rifles inside smuggling vehicle.

CBP officers in San Luis, Ariz. discover hidden assault rifles inside smuggling vehicle.

"The CBP officers and agents working outbound enforcement operations prevented these assault rifles from being illegally exported," said Robert L. Schroeder, acting port director. "This is an outstanding contribution by our officers and agents on the border and I commend them for this seizure and arrest."

The vehicle, weapons and magazines were seized. Avitia was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017