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PRESIDIO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry made a substantial weapons seizure earlier this week, as they were checking vehicles and people leaving the U.S. for Mexico.
According to CBP officials, the seizure was made at about 7:30 p.m. on April 16, after officers selected a 2016 Nissan Sentra for an closer inspection.
A CBP firearms/currency detector dog conducted a sweep of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the rear/trunk area. When officers x-rayed the car, they identified several anomalies in the vehicle.
After removing a section of the car’s quarter panel, CBP Officers found several rifle pieces encased in foam, close to 400 rounds of ammunition, over 40 ammunition magazines, numerous rifle parts, and tactical gear.
In addition to the weapons and ammo, officers also discovered what appeared to be a hand-grenade wrapped in foil tape in the driver side quarter panel.
Because of the unknown nature of the grenade, an explosive ordinance disposal technician secured and later identified the suspected grenade as a replica, thus rendering the scene as safe.
“CBP officers at the port of Presidio are working hard to disrupt the criminal smuggling organizations’ activity. This is another good example of our officers’ vigilance and attention to detail,” said Fred Hutterer, CBP Port Director Presidio, Texas. “Our ongoing southbound inspections have resulted in seizures of weapons, ammunition, tactical equipment, unreported currency, stolen property, and the apprehension of fugitives.”
The driver, a 44-year-old male Mexican citizen was arrested by CBP officers and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents after federal prosecution was accepted.