FRONTON–U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a cache of weapons, ammunition and grenades near the Rio Grande Wednesday.
The weapons were found when agents saw a pickup truck stop near the river and then drive away after a short amount of time.
The agents found footprints leading into the brush and they discovered a large duffle bag hidden within the brush.
Inside the bag agents found eight AK-47 assault rifles, two AR-15 assault rifles, two grenades, nearly 350 rounds of ammunition of varying calibers, several 30-round magazines and a 40 mm grenade launcher.
“The seizure of these weapons near the river indicates that weapons smugglers are having a hard time getting their contraband into Mexico via the normal points of entry,” Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. “Therefore, they are taking more desperate measures and trying to get them across the river through various other methods.”
The McAllen Police Department’s Bomb Squad was called ti detonated the two grenades. The weapons and ammunition were turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further investigation.
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