CBP Officers Intercept 22 Firearms and 1,480 Rounds of Ammunition at Eagle Pass Port of Entry


EAGLE PASS, Texas – In a significant enforcement action this weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry intercepted a substantial cache of weapons, magazines, and ammunition being smuggled out of the country. The seizure underscores CBP’s ongoing efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and prevent illegal arms trafficking.

Port Director Pete Beattie lauded the vigilance and expertise of the frontline officers. “Our team’s dedication and skilled inspections are critical in our missions, particularly in scenarios like these where our efforts directly prevent potential violence. This operation is a testament to our commitment to both national and cross-border safety,” said Beattie.

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The operation unfolded on Saturday, April 6, at the Camino Real International Bridge. Officers conducting outbound checks flagged a 2022 Dodge Ram 3500 for a detailed inspection as it was heading to Mexico. Utilizing non-intrusive inspection technologies followed by a physical search, officers discovered 22 firearms, 22 magazines, and 1,480 rounds of ammunition concealed within plastic totes in the vehicle.

CBP OFO promptly seized the illegal contraband and detained the vehicle. The case has since been handed over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further probing.

This incident highlights the challenges and critical work performed by CBP in curbing the flow of illegal arms across borders, which can escalate violence and instability in the region. The Eagle Pass community and broader border areas continue to rely on the diligence of CBP officers to maintain safety and enforce the law.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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