Mexican Man Accused of Trying to Smuggle Assault Rifles Into Mexico Through Arizona

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Today in Found at the Border: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found two assault rifles hidden inside the dashboard of a Mexican national's car.

The car was headed back into Mexico, through the Port of Lukeville, according to the agency. According to federal court documents obtained by New Times, 45-year-old Mario Munoz told officers that he was smuggling the weapons under the threat that his daughter in Mexico would be kidnapped and held hostage.

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Border Officers in Arizona Find Live Parrots Stuffed Inside an Elmo Doll

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Today in Found at the Border: Elmo is for the birds.

More specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a California couple attempted to smuggle a pair of parrots into Arizona from Mexico, by cramming the birds inside a stuffed Elmo doll.

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Border Officers Find Accordion Full of Meth in Nogales

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Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border in Nogales found 4.5 pounds of meth hidden inside an accordion.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an 18-year-old Mexican citizen attempted to take the accordion through a pedestrian gate on Monday.

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Pot Smugglers Lose $1.2 Million of Product Trying to Hide it Among Jalapeños

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About 2,400 pounds of weed, after its removal from a shipment of jalapeños.


Today in Found at the Border: Pot-smugglers are now short $1.2 million worth of product after trying to hide their stash in a load of jalapeños.

This is hardly surprising, as the pot-in-the-jalapeños plot is one of the oldest tricks in the book of Mexican drug-smuggling.

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Phoenix Residents Caught Driving More Than 1,200 Pounds of Pot Back From Mexico on 4/20

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An RV similar to one of the motor homes used in the smuggling attempts this weekend.


Today in Found at the Border: Three Phoenix residents were caught trying to bring back more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana to the United States in RVs, on the pot holiday of "4/20."

If the more seasoned drug-smugglers can get caught crossing the border by hiding drugs in specially fabricated compartments or inside bodily orifices, you can bet the pot-filled RV plot didn't go over so well.

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Border Officers Find Five Pounds of Heroin in Woman's Underwear

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Today in Found at the Border: A Mexican woman tried to cross the border in Nogales with five pounds of heroin in her underwear, according to authorities.

Cristina Luna-Ramos, 38, tried to drive through the port of entry about 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Officers reported seeing something that's never good news in a woman's underwear -- a "hard bulge."

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Creepy, Bloody Mask Prescribed by Mexican Healer Is Seized at Border

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Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the port of entry in Nogales seized a very creepy mask that someone tried to bring back into the United States.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman says an officer conducting a routine search of a car on Tuesday found "a suspicious mask that appeared to be covered with dried blood and chicken feathers."

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Border Officers Unpack Phoenix Man's Suitcase, Find Thai Woman

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Today in Found at the Border: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspecting the vehicle of a Phoenix man on his way back into the United States found a Thai woman in the man's suitcase.

According to a CBP spokeswoman, the 56-year-old Phoenix resident -- whose name wasn't released -- was driving back into the country through the port of entry in Nogales on December 30.

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Record Broken for Largest Failed Pot-Smuggling Attempt in Arizona

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Today in Found at the border: There's a new all-time record for the largest unsuccessful pot-smuggling attempt in Arizona.

The previous record was set in January, when a Mexican man attempted to drive 14,121 pounds of pot -- with an estimated value of $7.1 million -- through the port of entry in Nogales.

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Border Officers Find 384 Pounds of Weed Hidden by Tortillas

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Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border busted the old weed in the tortillas trick yesterday in Nogales.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a 37-year-old Tucson man had 384 pounds of pot hidden among a shipment of fresh corn tortillas.

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