Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 10 AK47 assault rifles with 70 magazines and more than 5,600 rounds of ammunition and arrested a Mexican national while conducting outbound inspections at the Mariposa port of entry.
On June 23, CBP officers at the Mariposa port of entry were conducting outbound screening of travelers headed to Mexico. CBP officers selected a black passenger vehicle to stop for inspection; the driver of the vehicle ignored the officer's commands and sped away toward Mexico. The driver was unable to maneuver past a barricade and abandoned the vehicle in an attempt to flee to Mexico.
Officers were able to apprehend the suspect prior to him crossing the border. A search of the vehicle revealed a significant amount of weapons and ammunition. CBP officers found a total of 10 AK47 assault rifles, 70 AK47 assault rifle magazines, 5,610 rounds of high-caliber ammunition, 6 bayonets and other weaponry and accessories.
The suspect was identified as a 49-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico. He was found to be present in the U.S. without immigration documents.
CBP officers seized the weapons, ammunition and vehicle. The man was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
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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.