At the Santa Teresa port of entry in New Mexico last Wednesday, United States Customs and Border Protection agents discovered sixteen semi-automatic rifle magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
According to the available report, a woman driving a 2008 Dodge Durango was seeking to exit the United States through the port, crossing into Mexico.
A Customs agent noticed a conspicuous duffel bag located in the rear of the vehicle and asked for further inspection of the Durango in order to investigate the contents of the bag. A CPB K-9 team was asked to undergo preliminary procedures, when a dog was tipped off to the scent of ammunition residue.
Eventually finding 14 boxes equating to 700 bullets and 16 high-capacity semi-automatic rifle magazines, the woman had attempted to mask the presence of illegal firearm contraband in a duffel bag, backpack and even in soda containers. Authorities eventually arrested the 33 year-old woman, who is a United States citizen, and turned her over to ICE.
CBP Santa Teresa Area Port Director Ray Provencio commented on the bust, saying, “Smugglers will use any means and anybody to attempt to mask their illegal activities. Unfortunately this includes sordid tactics such as hiding ammunition in a child’s makeshift diaper bag and traveling with two children and a toddler in the vehicle.”
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