Firearms and gun parts en route to Mexico seized

A man has been arrested for attempting to smuggle multiple firearms, magazines and firearm parts into Mexico, according to an affidavit of arrest.

The case unfolded at approximately 9:25 p.m. on March 6, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing outbound operations at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge inspected a white Chevrolet Cheyenne bearing Mexican license plates. .

CBP officers identified the driver as Jesus Hiram Salazar-Salazar, a Mexican citizen. He was traveling with his family. Salazar-Salazar allegedly made a negative statement for weapons, weapon parts, ammunition and more than $10,000 in cash.

Salazar-Salazar, who claimed to be the owner of the vehicle, said he was on his way to Nuevo Leon, Mexico from Houston. CBP officers referred the vehicle for secondary inspection, where an inspection of two cardboard boxes using X-rays revealed abnormalities. CBP officers then discovered firearms, magazines of various calibers, and firearm components.

Homeland Security Investigations responded to investigate the smuggling attempt. But Salazar-Salazar invoked his right to an attorney. CBP officers seized the following items from the boxes:

BCM 6.8 caliber rifle.

Rifle 243 Winchester TIKKA T3.

Heckler & Koch MP5 caliber .22 carbine.

Sig Sauer P320 9mm pistol.

Sig Sauer P238 .380 caliber handgun.

Sig Sauer P320 9mm pistol.

Glock 19 Gen 4 9mm pistol.

Walther PPS 9mm handgun.

Sig Sauer P365 9mm pistol.

(STOLEN) AXD-9 9mm handgun.

CZ P-10 C 9mm handgun.

Glock 42 .380 caliber handgun.

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Salazar-Salazar was charged with exporting or attempting to export multiple rifles, multiple handguns, multiple magazines, and multiple weapon parts.

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