FRONTON, TEXAS—Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station found two AK-47 assault rifles Tuesday hidden in a grassy area near the river.
That evening agents were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area when they discovered the pair of weapons. Each rifle had one round of ammunition loaded in the chamber and 29 additional rounds in the magazine.
The weapons and ammunition were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"These deadly weapons had the potential to cause serious harm to the residents of this community," said Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa. "Through the agents' diligent efforts and the watchful eye of a concerned citizen, this community and our nation as a whole are safer."
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.