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Del Rio Border Patrol Agents Seize Assault Rifles, Ammo, Magazines

Release Date: 
December 13, 2011

Del Rio, TX. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station Thursday seized a total of 23 high-caliber assault rifles, nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition, and a handful of ammunition magazines.

Weapons Seized by Border Patrol Agents in Del Rio, TX

Assault Weapons seized by Border Patrol Agents in Del Rio, TX

Thursday morning, agents observed six individuals wade across the Rio Grande River and walk up to a subject in a 1993 Oldsmobile stopped on the side of the road. As agents approached them, the six subjects absconded back to Mexico. The vehicle contained 23 rifles - AK-47 and AR-15 style weapons - along with approximately 5,000 rounds and five ammunition magazines. The total value of the seizure was estimated at $27,000.

The subject and contraband were turned over to the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017