Lukeville, Ariz. - A 34-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Friday night for attempting to smuggle nearly 6,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico through the Lukeville Port.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the Tucson Field Office were conducting outbound enforcement operations when they referred two Mexican nationals, a man and a woman, for a secondary inspection of their Dodge truck. During the secondary inspection, officers located 5,950 rounds of ammunition ranging from 7.62 x 39 mm to .50 caliber.
The vehicle and ammunition were processed for seizure. The male driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The female passenger was released without further incident.
Individuals arrested may be charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within the Department of Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States 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.