Federal Agents Seize Assault Rifles and Ammo

HIDALGO–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working outbound enforcement operations a the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized seven assault rifles and seven high-capacity ammunition magazines Tuesday afternoon.

CBP officers and Border Patrol agents stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus station wagon and its 23-year-old driver from Edinburg, who was headed into Mexico.

In secondary, officers seized six 7.62 x 39 mm assault rifles, one .308 assault rifle and seven high-capacity ammunition magazines that were found hidden within the vehicle.  CBP officers seized the Ford Taurus as well.

The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.

“I commend our frontline CBP officers and Border Patrol agents for their work in securing our nation’s borders and for their continued work in seizing and disrupting the illegal flow of high-powered weapons into Mexico,” said Hector Mancha, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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