Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge in Texas seized a .30-caliber machine gun and tripod late Friday evening during an outbound inspection.
CBP officers at the bridge came in contact with a 2006 Hummer H3 that was headed south into Mexico and its male driver, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen from Pharr, Texas. During a secondary inspection, CBP officers seized a Browning .30-caliber machine gun and tripod from the vehicle's backseat area.
CBP officers seized the machine gun, tripod and the Hummer H3.
The male driver was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "I commend our frontline officers for intercepting and preventing the illegal exportation of this firearm into Mexico. Our officers are working hard to secure our nation's borders and continue efforts to disrupt the flow of illegal weaponry into Mexico."
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.