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Nogales CBP intercepts 7 assault rifles, ammo headed into Mexico

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a cache of weapons headed for Mexico on Monday, including seven semi-automatic rifles, a handgun and nearly 200 rounds of ammunition, authorities said. 

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a Mexican man, identified only as 21-year-old from Nogales, Sonora, after they found the weapons stashed in a speaker box installed in his Chevrolet truck, said CBP spokeswoman Marcia Armendariz. 

Officers found four AK-47-patterned rifles, three AR-15s and a .45-caliber pistol, along with two holsters, and 196 rounds of ammunition, said Armendariz. 

CBP officers seized the weapons and ammunition, and the truck, while the man was handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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