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.
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.
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.