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Border Patrol agents intercept ammunition heading to Mexico
SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review ^

Posted on 03/19/2011 9:13:10 AM PDT by SandRat

TUCSON — Nogales station Border Patrol agents prevented nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition from being smuggled out of the United States and into the hands of transnational criminal organizations in Mexico on Sunday.

Agents from the Nogales Border Patrol station responded to reports of three suspicious individuals dressed in black carrying backpacks just north of the International Boundary Fence (IBF). Upon arrival, agents observed one subject fitting the description running south, leaving behind three backpacks. At the same time, operators using a Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) observed two other subjects absconding into Mexico over the IBF.

During an inspection of the three backpacks, agents discovered 4,951 rounds of 9 mm and 500 rounds of .40-caliber pistol ammunition. The ammunition was seized and transported to the Nogales Border Patrol station.

In March of 2009, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced outbound operations as part of the Southwest Border Initiative designed to crack down on Mexican drug cartels through enhanced security. As a result of the effectiveness of southbound inspections at the ports of entry, criminal organizations have to develop and use alternate methods to smuggle contraband south into Mexico.

The Border Patrol continues to rely on the community to assist. Should you see any suspicious activity please report it by calling the toll free number 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: ammunition; banglist; gangs; nigales; smuggling
Gallery Image

Some of the ammunition border officials confiscated on Sunday.
The Border Patrol seized 4,951 rounds of 9 mm and 500 round of .40-caliber pistol ammunition.
(Photo courtesy Customs and Border Protection)

1 posted on 03/19/2011 9:13:18 AM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

ATF agents doing the smuggling?


2 posted on 03/19/2011 9:20:42 AM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: SandRat

Of course, they didn’t arrest the three persons (can you say illegals?) who dropped the backpacks. Good thing the backpacks didn’t sprout feet or we’d have lost them, too.

Fence, wall, sharks, snipers, mine field, and Sheriff Joe.


3 posted on 03/19/2011 9:27:23 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: SandRat
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4 posted on 03/19/2011 9:27:24 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Ingtar

lol ... could be ... lol


5 posted on 03/19/2011 9:27:34 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: bgill
Fence, wall, sharks Australian Saltwater Crocodiles, snipers, mine field, and Sheriff Joe.
6 posted on 03/19/2011 9:32:16 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Joe Brower

Thank you.


7 posted on 03/19/2011 9:33:31 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat
Well, hell. Obviously there's still a lack of communication existing between government agencies that needs to be resolved.

I mean, what the hell good does it do for The ATF to smuggle arms into Mexico if The IBF is going to intercept the ammo?

C'mon, guys. Let's work together there, huh?

8 posted on 03/19/2011 9:36:13 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SandRat
BATFE has zero credibility.

Time for them to go.

9 posted on 03/19/2011 9:37:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: SandRat
Damn it. Screwed up my own wise-assism.

Substitute The Border Patrol for The IBF.....oh, forget it....it's too late....I'll be more careful next time.

10 posted on 03/19/2011 9:37:56 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

Nope, that’s part of ‘O’s employment stimulus plan.


11 posted on 03/19/2011 9:38:41 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

5000 rounds? 5000 rounds ain’t SH!T.....well, maybe if you’re talking 50 cal, but otherwise, that’s a weekend purchase for plinking!


12 posted on 03/19/2011 9:40:14 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SandRat
Nope, that’s part of ‘O’s employment stimulus plan.

The only thing Zero stimulates is himself.

13 posted on 03/19/2011 9:40:30 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

That’s OK, ... I understood and got a good chuckle at the typo gaffe. Done it more than once myself.


14 posted on 03/19/2011 9:41:41 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Gaffer
5000 rounds?

That's a slow weekend with a Dillon 550.

15 posted on 03/19/2011 9:42:06 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: SandRat

One of these days I’m going to click on that little “Preview” box and see what that’s all about.


16 posted on 03/19/2011 9:43:57 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: facedown
That's a slow weekend with a Dillon 550.

That depends just exactly how much time you spend ogling that hottie they usually have on the picture with one....

17 posted on 03/19/2011 9:45:26 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SandRat
two stories in as many days of guys dropping small arms/ammo at the border as they beat feet over the fence...

seems the batFAGs attempts at PR for Gunwalker are workin overtime to show their need for a 'few broken eggs'...

18 posted on 03/19/2011 10:11:58 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: SandRat
5000 rounds? Big deal. I know people who have that many rounds in their basements for each of their various caliber firearms. This is just an attempt to counter the bad publicity from Project GunWalker.
19 posted on 03/19/2011 10:31:53 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: SandRat

Why would they need to be smuggling ammo into Mexico?

Don’t they have strict gun control down south O’ the border?

According to the logical geniuses of the Left, there should not be ANY gun violence down there.

Therefore, there shouldn’t be any reason for anyone – besides the BATFE, that is – to smuggling ammo, right?


20 posted on 03/19/2011 10:35:57 AM PDT by chainsaw56 (Do you have the right to defend yourself??)
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To: chainsaw56

Most people in the media seem to think that 100 rounds is excessive, and a revolver and a pre-WWII .22 single shot long rifle is an “arsenal.”


21 posted on 03/19/2011 10:49:17 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: bgill
My son is a Border Patrol Agent in Arizona. They catch illegals all the time, sometime hundreds at a time.

When they encounter a group with drugs (or ammo or guns), and the group drops the load, the Agents secure the load first, then if they can, they pursue the illegals.

There are other illegals in the area, some are hiding and walk back-up for the first group. So, if the Agents went after the illegals there is a good chance the load will be picked up by the second group. Not good. Besides, the Assistant US Attorney will not prosecute illegals, so, what are they do do, when there may be one, two or perhaps four agents? Catch the illegals, lose the load and the bad guys just get released in 24-hrs.

Best to seize the load and hurt the cartels and smugglers where it counts.

The cartels can always easily get mules to carry a load at no cost, whereas seizing their load cost them plenty.

The Border Patrol Agents are busy, doing a dangerous job (my son has been injured on the job, twice). They deserve respect and appreciation for doing a job that few can do, that requires them to engage illegals/smugglers out in the middle of nowhere where back-up is (at best) two-hours away.

22 posted on 03/19/2011 10:51:53 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka
Bless your son's heart for being a true "public servant"! He--and his fellow Border Patrol Agents--are truly our best line of defense against enemies that show no mercy for anyone who gets in their way. May God bless your son and all his "yokefellows" who do their job so honorably and well--day in day out--in conditions that are so often really miserable!

Ever since I spent a year in El Paso, right before Juarez was turned into such a "killing field" by the ruthless cartels, I was given the name of BP Agent to pray for, and--while I way too often forget to do this on a daily basis--I do keep him in my prayers.

Will now add your son to my "prayer list!" On his behalf, please pass along a great big "THANK YOU" to him for the service he is giving to his state, and his country!

23 posted on 03/19/2011 11:20:20 AM PDT by milagro
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To: Hulka

Then we need to at least quadruple the amount of BP so two can stay with the cache and two to go after the runners. I don’t see that happening with this administration. Heck, any administration. Look at W’s stance on the border. Too much $$$ to be made under the table for those in office.


24 posted on 03/19/2011 1:11:01 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: milagro

Will do, and thank you.


25 posted on 03/20/2011 3:01:06 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: chainsaw56
Why would they need to be smuggling ammo into Mexico?

It was for the US Ambassador. They didn't realize he had moved.

"Gunwalking" scandal final straw leading to resignation of U.S. ambassador to Mexico

26 posted on 03/21/2011 1:41:43 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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