Border Patrol seizes guns, ammo at El Paso bridge
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized two high-powered rifles and 4,000 round of ammunition from a pickup truck heading across an El Paso bridge to Mexico.
A CBP statement issued Friday says the seizure came about 5;40 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Officers chose an older-model pickup truck for a close inspection after the driver declared he had nothing to declare before leaving the country.
A search turned up ammunition boxes concealed in a wall panel of the truck. Agents say a more-intensive search turned up two AK-47 rifles, 4,000 rounds of ammunition and several high-capacity magazines concealed throughout the vehicle.
The driver, 24-year-old Mexican national Daniel Avalos Ruiz of Ciudad Juarez, remains in federal custody in the El Paso County jail without bond.