2,000 bullets found on South Texas bridge

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — More than 2,000 rounds of ammunition were seized at the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in South Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday.

Boxes of .308 caliber bullets were seized on February 6, 2023 by CBP officers at the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge. (CBP photo from website)

The driver was heading south toward Reynosa, Mexico on Monday when the ammunition was found, CBP said in a press release.

“Undeclared export of arms and ammunition to Mexico is illegal. Our CBP officers prevented these bullets from reaching Mexico thanks to their diligent inspection work,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director for the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

CBP said the 33-year-old driver was a U.S. citizen in a green Ford SUV that was referred for secondary screening.

Officers physically searched the vehicle and discovered 1,200 .308 caliber bullets and 1,000 .223 caliber bullets hidden in the SUV.

The driver was arrested, and Homeland Security Investigations and CBP’s Office of Field Operations are conducting a criminal investigation.

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