22,400 rounds of ammo seized heading southby Hugh Holub on Jul. 15, 2011, under customs and border protection, politics
Press Release from Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection:
Nogales CBP Officers Seize Large Amount of Ammunition During Outbound Operations
More than 22,400 rounds and 70 magazines for assault weapons seized
NOGALES, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducting outbound inspections at the Mariposa Commercial Port seized more than 22,400 rounds of ammunition and 70 magazine cartridges Wednesday that was hidden in a tractor-trailer.
At approximately 9 p.m., CBP officers selected a 26-year-old Mexican citizen from Sinaloa, Mexico, and the tractor-trailer he was driving for inspection. During a search of the vehicle’s cab, officers lifted the bed inside the sleeper compartment to inspect underneath and discovered boxes of ammunition and magazines for weapons.
Acting Port Director Craig Hope applauded the CBP officers on the seizure.
“Stopping weapons and ammunition from going out to the criminal organizations is just as important as stopping the drugs and other threats from coming into the United States,” he said.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, unprecedented shifts in staffing and infrastructure at the Ports of Arizona have brought a higher level of focus and intensity to their operations. These shifts have resulted in higher narcotics interceptions and tougher outbound enforcement operations yielding record illicit currency, weapons, and wanted felon interceptions.
A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. While the primary mission is anti-terrorism, officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the country. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, such as narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our Nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws
COMMENT: Would be very interesting to find out where the guy from Sinaloa got that much ammo. Can you imagine someone walking into the Wal Mart and asking “can you give me 20,000 rounds for my collection of AK 47s?”
And do you wonder if the ammo was going for all those guns ATF “walked” to the Mexican drug cartels?
Interesting to contemplate:
Drug cartels smuggle drugs into the US to sell to US drug users.
Money from cartel drug sales buys guns and ammo in the US.
Guns and ammo bought in the US are then smuggled south.
Guns and ammo bought in the US then used by cartels to kill lots of people in Mexico.
I doubt if that was the intention of the North American Free Trade Agreement.