Huge Ammunition Bust In Juarez

Apr 18, 2012


CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials say they have seized 268,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition found in a U.S. truck at a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez.

Tax administration authorities who operate Mexico's border inspections sites say a man from Dallas, Texas, was detained for trying to drive the truck across the border.

A spokesman for the tax agency says the driver claimed he had no goods to declare when he arrived at the border Tuesday.

Spokesman Angel Torres said Wednesday that a gamma-ray inspection of the truck's cargo compartment revealed the presence of metal canisters holding the ammunition. He says the bullets were hidden under pallets in the truck's floor.

The tax agency says it is the largest seizure of ammunition in Ciudad Juarez in recent memory.

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