AK-47s among stash house seizures in El Paso
Forty new AK-47s, body armor and Kevlar helmets believed to have been possibly headed to Mexico have been seized in stash houses in El Paso this year.
The seizures were made by the West Texas Stash House Unit, which targets drug stash houses. But in these cases investigators found boxes of AK-47s, rows of Kevlar helmets such as the type worn by SWAT officers and stacks of body armor.
The weapons investigation was turned over to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“We try to stop the trafficker prior to him or her sending the guns into Mexico. Those are the guns that are fueling the violence down there,” said Special Agent Tom Crowley, a spokesman for the ATF.