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American man detained trying to enter Mexico with bags of 50 mm cartridges

Matamoros, Tamaulipas — An American man found trying to enter Mexico with nearly 1,000 50 mm cartridges was arrested from the international border in Tamaulipas.

On Wednesday, Mexico’s National Guard reported on the discovery and subsequent arrest of the American man. “The arrest was carried out with the support of canine dogs in the municipality of Matamoros,” they reported in a statement.

“In compliance with the National Public Security Strategy and the zero impunity policy of the federal government, members of the National Guard (GN), in coordination with personnel from the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM), detained a person who intended to enter national territory with 996 useful cartridges.

“When carrying out surveillance and crime prevention inspections at the General Ignacio Zaragoza International Bridge in Matamoros, elements from both institutions reviewed the driver and truck who had the red tax traffic light.

“When carrying out a preventive search with canine binomials, a plastic tool box was located in the luggage compartment that contained various bags of 996 useful 50 mm caliber cartridges inside,” they reported.

Guardia Nacional locate bags of 50 mm cartridges from American vehicle. Photo: Guardia Nacional November 8, 2023.

He was unable to provide the corresponding documents to carry the cartridges and enter Mexican territory with them. The American man, who was not identified, was taken into custody and his truck and war material seized.

On Tuesday, an American woman was arrested trying to enter Mexico with assault rifle magazines.