EAGLE PASS, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station discovered a cache of rifles hidden near the Rio Grande River late Thursday night.
Agents were following foot sign near the Rio Grande when two subjects emerged from the brush and jumped into the water, and swam to the Mexican side of the river. A search of the area turned up two military-style duffel bags. An extensive search of the area yielded no other subjects. The bags contained a total of 11 AK-47 assault rifles and one 7.62-mm hunting rifle.
The rifles were turned over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
This seizure follows a similar seizure in February of this year when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry selected a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck for inspection as the vehicle was leaving the United States, bound for Mexico. During the initial inspection Referred CBP Officers Intensified the vehicle for an inspection after discovering what Appeared to be weapons Within the vehicle.
With the assistance of electronic imaging equipment and a CBP canine, officers discovered a Total of 14 assault rifles hidden in the pickup. The weapons and driver, 52-year-old U.S. citizen, were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
During Fiscal Year 2012, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents seized 83 firearms and 38,461 rounds of ammunition.
And the NRA says no guns are being shipped to Mexico from the United States!