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CBP: U.S. citizen arrested for attempting to smuggle 5 assault rifles, pistols, ammo into Mexico

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen Tuesday after they found a small arsenal stashed in his vehicle, including five semi-automatic rifles, two handguns, and more than 800 rounds of ammunition. 

The man, identified only as an 18-year-old American, was arrested at the Mariposa border crossing after officers "selected him for an outbound inspection as he was leaving the United States," said Marcia Armendariz, a CBP spokeswoman. 

Officers inspected his Chevy sedan and found the weapons under the front and rear seats, she said. 

The weapons included two AK-47-patterned rifles, an AR-15-style rifle, and an unusual rifle known as an FN-SCAR. 

The man was charged with weapons trafficking and turned over the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. 

 The vehicle and the weapons were seized. 

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Weapons seized by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Tuesday during a smuggling attempt.