McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than 36,000 rounds of ammunition found in an abandoned sport utility vehicle near the Mexican border.
It issued a statement Tuesday saying agents in its Rio Grande Valley Sector made the rare find while acting on an anonymous tip to suspicious activity near the Rio Grande.
The Border Patrol says its agents were searching the Rio Grande City area, across from Camargo, Mexico, when they saw eight people swimming back to Mexico on Monday. 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.