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AK-47 among weapons BP seizes from smugglers

  • An AK-47 assault rifle found in a vehicle near Marana, one of three weapons seized by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector in recent weeks.
    Customs and Border ProtectionAn AK-47 assault rifle found in a vehicle near Marana, one of three weapons seized by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector in recent weeks.
  • A bag of ammunition discovered in a backpack near Arivaca last week, when agents responded to a call from an area resident.
    Customs and Border ProtectionA bag of ammunition discovered in a backpack near Arivaca last week, when agents responded to a call from an area resident.
  • A Dodge truck mired in mud near Douglas when Border Patrol agents tried to stop the vehicle and the driver attempted to flee. Inside the truck was 355 pounds of marijuana worth around $170,000.
    Customs and Border ProtectionA Dodge truck mired in mud near Douglas when Border Patrol agents tried to stop the vehicle and the driver attempted to flee. Inside the truck was 355 pounds of marijuana worth around $170,000.

In the last two weeks, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have seized two stolen vehicles, a supply truck for smugglers, and four weapons, including an assault rifle and a handgun equipped with a silencer.

On Monday, a helicopter crew with the Office of Air and Marine spotted a vehicle in the desert near Marana in an apparent smuggling attempt. As the helicopter hovered overhead, the driver abandoned the vehicle, leaving a fully-loaded AK-47 assault rifle, along with magazines and ammunition.

A search for the driver turned up a second vehicle containing food and other supplies commonly used to resupply smugglers, said a news release from the agency.

Nearly two weeks ago, on Sept. 21, sensors detected a truck near Douglas. When BP agents tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped way but managed to mire the truck in a muddy wash. The driver was apprehended while running from the Dodge truck, which held 355 pounds of marijuana worth around $170,000, the agency said in the release Friday.

The next day, Ajo agents arrested two U.S. citizens for human smuggling when they found a Mexican national in their vehicle. The passenger was carrying a loaded handgun and ammunition.

On Sept. 23, Casa Grande agents arrested another U.S. citizen for human smuggling. During a search of his vehicle agents found a 9 mm pistol with a silencer.

On Sept. 25, Tucson agents responded to a call from a resident of Arivaca about potential illegal activity. Agents discovered an abandoned backpack containing a .45-caliber handgun and a loaded magazine, as well as several bags of ammunition in various calibers. The agents also found a small amount of marijuana, the release said.

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