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Posted Jun 8, 2015, 2:19 pm
Within a week, Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis Port of Entry near Yuma arrested two Mexican women for attempting to smuggle thousands of rounds of ammunition into Mexico, authorities said.
On Saturday, officers arrested Adrian Salazar-Mesa, 23, from San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, after they found two cardboard boxes of ammunition each containing 1,000 rounds hidden under the rear seat of her Nissan SUV, a news release from the agency said.
All 2,000 rounds were meant for AK-47s, the release said.
The Saturday before, officers arrested another woman from San Luis Rio Colorado after they found nearly 1,500 rounds in the rear quarter panels of her GMC SUV, the release said.
In both incidents the women were stopped at the crossing just before entering Mexico.
However, both incidents pale in comparison to an April discovery by CBP officers at the Douglas border crossing of 7,8000 rounds hidden in bags of dog food.
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