Friday, October 24th, 2014

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Seize Car Carrying AK-47 Assault Rifles

United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested two men attempting to smuggle AK-47 assault rifles to Mexico, Wednesday. Agents stopped an Isuzu Rodeo east of Wellton on Interstate-8. Record checks on the driver, a United States citizen, showed an extensive criminal history and a warrant out of Maricopa County. The passenger and owner of the vehicle is a citizen of Mexico who had obtained Permanent Legal Resident status to legally enter the United States. The men stated they were traveling to Mexico. With the help of a canine unit, agents searched the vehicle and found four assault rifles and six empty rifle magazines hidden throughout. Both men, along with the weapons, were turned over to state authorities for prosecution. The vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.

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