McALLEN (February 25, 2014) U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas seized more than 36,000 rounds of ammunition found in an abandoned sport utility vehicle near the Mexican border, an agency statement said Tuesday.
The Border Patrol said agents in its Rio Grande Valley Sector made the rare discovery while acting on an anonymous tip to suspicious activity near the Rio Grande.
According to the authorities, agents were searching the Rio Grande City area across from Camargo, Mexico Monday when they saw eight people swimming back to Mexico.
The agents followed footprints north to the vehicle and found dozens of cardboard boxes containing ammunition for automatic rifles.
The Mexican government has been pressuring the United States to stop the trafficking of U.S. weapons, which it says has been fueling Mexico's bloody drug wars.