San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing outbound inspections Saturday at the San Ysidro, Calif. port of entry stopped a U.S. citizen attempting to enter Mexico with a cache of weapons and ammunition hidden in the speaker box of his car.
At about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, CBP officers conducting inspections along the I-5 freeway heading into Mexico stopped a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a silver Nissan 350ZX and pulled him aside for further inspection.
When officers looked inside a speaker box in the rear of the vehicle, they discovered a weapons cache with guns, ammunition, magazines and tactical gear.
The cache contained: five automatic weapons (three P90 standard machine guns, one M-4 machine gun, and one AK 47 machine gun); two handguns (one 5.7 semi automatic handgun and one 10 mm Colt semi-automatic handgun); 30 rounds of 6.8 ammunition; 44 rounds of 5.7X28 caliber ammunition; five rounds of 10mm ammunition; 23 magazines of ammunition (11 6.8 caliber ammunition magazines; one AK-47 magazine; two 10mm magazines; three 5.7 caliber magazines; and six 6.8 caliber magazines); ten rifle slings; and various tactical web gear.
CBP officers seized the weapons, ammunition, and other items as well as the vehicle, and turned custody of the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
The suspect is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correction Center while he waits to face federal criminal charges.
"Our shared border with Mexico is a shared responsibility," said Chris Maston, port director for the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger facilities. "Performing these outbound inspections keeps guns and money that fuel violence in the border region out of the hands of drug trafficking organizations."
This interception comes one week after an interception July 10 at the Andrade port of entry, when CBP officers stopped two machine guns and numerous rounds of ammunition from entering Mexico. The driver, a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen, was arrested.
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.