Detroit - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Detroit Field Office have made more than 50 seizures of weapon shipments during the current fiscal year at Michigan ports of entry.
Since October 1, 2010, CBP officers working at ports of entry in Michigan have conducted 54 seizures of weapons, weapon accessories and fireworks. Included in these seizures were 118 items consisting of 26 pistols/revolvers, four shotguns, three rifles, 15 stun guns, one knife, magazines, speed loaders and various types of ammunition plus illegal fireworks.
A breakdown by location shows that CBP officers in Detroit conducted 43 seizures; CBP officers in Port Huron conducted seven seizures; CBP at Detroit Metro Airport conducted three seizures and there was one seizure in Sault Sainte Marie. The majority of these intercepted weapon shipments consisted of several items including guns and ammo.
"It is not uncommon for our CBP officers to encounter people legally transporting weapons across the border for legitimate recreational purposes," stated Christopher Perry, Director Field Operations, Detroit Field Office. "As these seizures show, our officers also encounter individuals who are not legally transporting weapons with our officers seizing everything from stun guns at the airport to pistols and rifles at the land border. The fact that all of these seizures were done without any incidents shows the efficiency and effectiveness of our officers."
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.