TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 21-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, on Jan. 9 for attempting to smuggle a combination of tactical weapons, ammunition and magazines into Mexico through the Port of Nogales.
Officers conducting outbound operations selected the man for further inspection of his Chevrolet truck as he attempted to drive into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini crossing. As a result, officers found the following items in a large speaker box: seven tactical rifles, one handgun, two holsters and a variety of magazines and ammunition.
Officers seized the weapons, associated items and the vehicle. The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.