Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized more than 5,500 rounds of assorted ammunition at the Port of Nogales.
During a routine inspection, officers referred a GMC SUV for a secondary inspection. The vehicle was driven by an 18-year-old Mexican male who was attempting to enter Mexico from Arizona.
During the in-depth secondary search, officers uncovered 5,560 rounds of assorted ammunition hidden throughout the vehicle. The vehicle, ammunition and driver of the vehicle were turned over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.
“This interception is a direct result of the hard work and continued vigilance of our CBP officers,” said Guadalupe Ramirez, Nogales port director. “Keeping ammunition out of the hands of drug traffickers disrupts their operations and reduces violence along the border.”
Norgales is home to three land ports of entry: Mariposa, DeConcini, and Morley Ave. The most recent statistics show that in 2014 an estimated 3.2 million personal vehicles and 9.8 million people passed through the port in a single year.