San Juan police seize Mexico-bound combat helmets & ammo

San Juan police told Action 4 News they found items that no ordinary citizen should be in possession of mere feet from an elementary school.

The only type of person who should have this is law enforcement, said Sgt. Rudy Luna. We will find out where he got this and who sold this to him.

50 ballistic helmets, 26 high powered rifle magazines, over 600 rounds of ammunition, and 24 pairs of tactical boots were all found inside a home in the 7,000 block of Fern Street Sunday afternoon.

Police told Action 4 News to buy these items a person has to have a special license and the man in possession of these items did not.

You have to show proof of law enforcement, said Luna. It is under investigation of how he gained possession of this equipment.

Police say they can only speculate these items were all going to Mexico and into the hands of drug cartel.

"We do have to determine the reason why he is in possession of these items, said Luna. That's why we're working with federal agencies to find out why they're possessing this and what he was planning to do with this."

No charges have been filed but Sgt. Luna says the man picked up for questioning will eventually be charged.

Agents with ICE told Action 4 News this is the second case in a week where they have seized high powered rifles.