A Mexican teenager was busted at a local port of entry Tuesday while trying to drive into Mexico with 5,560 rounds of ammunition.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers were performing outbound inspections at an unspecified Nogales port when they referred an 18-year-old Mexican male for a secondary inspection of his GMC SUV. During the search, officers found the assorted ammunition hidden throughout the vehicle.
The vehicle, ammunition and suspect were turned over to federal investigators, CBP said.
“This interception is a direct result of the hard work and continued vigilance of our CBP officers,” said Guadalupe Ramirez, the agency’s port director in Nogales. “Keeping ammunition out of the hands of drug traffickers disrupts their operations and reduces violence along the border.”
On Jan. 8, Nogales police arrested a 16-year-old male a few blocks from the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry after they stopped the car he was driving and found 10 assault rifles, 10 large boxes of 7.62 caliber ammunition and rifle magazines inside.
And in August 2015, CBP arrested a 23-year-old Phoenix woman at the Mariposa Port of Entry after she allegedly tried to smuggle 16 high-powered firearms and various ammunition magazines into Mexico.