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Del Rio CBP Officers Seize Weapons Bound for Mexico

Release Date: 
August 5, 2013

DEL RIO, TEXAS—CBP officers at the Del port of entry arrested a Del Rio man Friday morning after finding weapons and ammunition hidden in his car.


Seized assault rifles.

CBP officers at the Del Rio port of entry Friday seized three assault rifles and one handgun during outbound inspection of a car driven by a local man. Extra magazines and ammunition were also seized.

Around 8 a.m. Friday, CBP officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents, observing traffic leaving the United States bound for Mexico, inspected a 2007 Kia Spectra, driven by a 65-year-old Del Rio man.

During inspection, three assault rifles and one handgun were discovered hidden in the vehicle. The search also turned up 125 rounds of ammunition, three assault rifle magazines and one handgun magazine.

The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.

"Preventing firearms from illegally being exported from the United States is an important function of CBP officers and our law enforcement partners," said Michael Perez, CBP port director, Del Rio. "We are committed to keeping weapons and ammunition from both entering and leaving the country illegally."

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017