Customs officers seize 11 assault rifles headed to Mexico
Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:16:13 GMT —
An Edinburg man remains behind bars after he allegedly tried to smuggle 11 assault rifles into Mexico.
It all happened at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge around 1:20 p.m. Friday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 41-year-old Alfonso Torres on federal firearms charges.
Torres was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck and headed into Mexico when he was stopped for a southbound inspection.
Customs officers allegedly found 11 assault rifles and some ammunition magazines hidden in the plastic bed liner of the truck.
Court records show that the serial numbers of five of the assault rifles had been obliterated.
It's not clear who was getting the guns but court records show that Torres was supposed to get paid $200 dollars to deliver the weapons.
Torres appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby in McAllen on Monday morning.
Investigators said Torres is an American citizen from Edinburg while court records show his is also a convicted felon and lives in Reynosa.
Judge Ormsby denied bond for Torres until a Wednesday morning hearing.