CBP seizes more than 52,000 pieces of firearms from China in California port


The cargo was in violation of the Chinese arms embargo

The California Border Patrol at the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach has intercepted and seized more than 52,000 pieces of illegal firearms from China.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Thursday it had seized a total of $ 378,225 in gun parts in violation of the Chinese arms embargo which included sights, stocks, muzzles, brakes, pad kits and handles which arrived in three shipments from China

“This seizure is an outstanding example of the vigilance, commitment and focus of CBP officers and import specialists in enforcing the complex arms embargo regulations,” said Carlos C. Martel, director of field operations for CBP in Los Angeles.

The shipment was in violation of the Chinese arms embargo, which includes import restrictions, Martel said.

In 2018, the Office of Field Operations seized 266,279 firearms, firearms parts, ammunition, fireworks and explosives at 328 points of entry into the United States. These interceptions represent an increase of 18.4% over the previous year.

“We are working closely with our strategic partners to ensure import compliance while maintaining the highest safety standards in our country’s largest seaport,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, port manager of the port’s CBP. LA / Long Beach Maritime. “This interception underscores the fruitful collaboration between CBP officers, import specialists and ATF investigators.”

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