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article imageBorder Patrol seizes assault rifles, hand grenades in south Texas

By Lynn Herrmann     Jan 28, 2011 in Crime
Rio Grande City - A cache of deadly weapons, including assault rifles, hand grenades, 30-round magazines and two-way radios have been discovered by US Border Patrol Agents working an area along the Rio Grande River in south Texas.
Agents working near Fronton last Friday discovered the stash of weapons in brush near the river. A Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) news release reports the agents saw a “suspicious object” sticking out of the brush and upon closer inspection found what turned out to be much more than just an object.
The agents uncovered one AK-47 and three M4-style assault rifles, two hand grenades, three two-way radios, ballistic vest, two military-style uniforms, two ammunition-carrying vests, 16 fully loaded 30-round magazines and various items.
After transporting the weapons and ammunition After being taken to the Border Patrol Station in Rio Grande City for processing, the weapons and ammunition were then given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
A bomb squad for the McAllen Police Department “disposed” of one of the hand grenades, Government Security News reported, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will receive the other for an investigation.
The discovery comes after agents found two AK-47 assault rifles in a grassy area near the river earlier this month. That discovery was made, according to a news release from the CBP, after agents responded to a suspicious vehicle report.
“These deadly weapons had the potential to cause serious harm to the residents of this community and to our agents or personnel from other law enforcement agencies,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa, according to CBP. “Thanks to the hard working, diligent agents who found them, communities on both sides of the border are safer,” he added.
The recent discoveries lend credence to growing concerns about Mexican drug cartels making inroads onto American soil, despite official statements to the contrary.
In addition to the discoveries along the southern border, CBP announced this week it will begin using a drone along a 900-mile stretch of the Canada-US border in its efforts to combat an elusive war on terror.
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