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Phoenix woman arrested trying to smuggle rifles into Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman was arrested while attempting to cross into Mexico on Monday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered more than a dozen firearms hidden in her truck, authorities said. 

The 23-year-old woman was arrested after officers at the Mariposa border crossing found a dozen rifles and four handguns hidden in her 2010 Toyota Tacoma during outgoing inspections, said CBP in a news release. 

The military-style rifles in the vehicle included three AK-47s, an FN SCAR, and eight AR-15s.

The officers also found ammunition magazines, as well as specialized sights and a rifle scope.

Authorities have confirmed that the woman was a U.S. citizen.

Officers seized the weapons, magazines, and vehicle and turned the female driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the release said.

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Officers at the Mariposa border crossing arrested a Phoenix-area woman after they found a dozen military-style rifles and four handguns in her truck during outgoing inspection.