Eagle Pass, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass port of entry seized a cache of 10,000 rounds of ammunition during an outbound examination.
The seizure occurred on September 18, during an outbound examination at the Eagle Pass International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 1995 Ford Windstar, driven by a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen from Eagle Pass, for a secondary examination. During an intensive examination of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered boxes of ammunition hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers seized 500 boxes containing a total of 10,000 rounds of 7.62x 39mm caliber ammunition and the vehicle.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
"This is the largest single seizure of ammunition by CBP officers at Eagle Pass port of entry thus far in Fiscal Year 2011," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. "This follows a seizure of 3,020 rounds of ammunition at the Del Rio port of entry last week and illustrates the resolve of our officers to keep our borders safe through continued outbound enforcement efforts."
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.