Teamwork Stops Ammo Smuggling Attempt at Boquillas; CBP Officers Also Seize Cocaine at Presidio Port
BOQUILLAS, Texas – More than 2,400 rounds of ammunition did not make it to Mexico at the remote Boquillas crossing Friday morning following a joint enforcement effort by National Park Service Ranger, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Homeland Security Investigations.
“We work closely with all our law enforcement partners to help keep the border communities we share safe,” said Alex Leos, acting CBP Presidio port director. “We remain vigilant to stop any illegal activity to include inbound and outbound violations.”
An NPS Ranger at Boquillas encountered a 47-year-old male citizen of Mexico who was traveling outbound at the crossing. The ranger gained consent to search the man’s vehicle and located 2,415 rounds of .22 and .25 caliber ammunition in his possession.
CBP Anti-Terrorism Contraband and Enforcement Team (A-TCET) officers from the Presidio port arrived and transported the subject, ammunition and vehicle to Presidio. The ammunition and Vehicle were seized by CBP. The subject was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
Late Friday CBP officers at the Presidio port seize 13.86 pounds of cocaine. The seizure was made when CBP officers working the primary inspection booth selected a 2012 Ford Focus for inspection. A CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle and a Z-Portal x-ray scan revealed anomalies in the firewall of the vehicle. CBP officers located five cocaine-filled packages in the vehicle.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a 36-year-old citizen of Mexico. He was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.