AZ border agents seize sniper rifle, arrest 2 teens

2010-09-23T17:28:00Z 2013-03-13T10:13:04Z AZ border agents seize sniper rifle, arrest 2 teensThe Associated Press The Associated Press
September 23, 2010 5:28 pm  • 

NOGALES, Ariz. - Custom and Border Protection officers in Nogales have seized a sniper rifle and arrested two teenagers trying to cross into Mexico with the weapon.

Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that officers working southbound inspections on Tuesday night referred a car for further perusal. During the inspection, officers found the .50-caliber Armalite bolt-action rifle on top of the vehicle's engine.

The 19-year-old driver and his 17-year-old male passenger, both from Mexico, were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Officials say the discovery of the dangerous weapon may have saved lives.


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