Border Patrol brokers recovered 4 AR-15-style rifles and 17 loaded magazines final week after they came across 4 closely armed males “deep within the San Ysidro Mountains” believed to be illegally within the nation, federal officers stated.
Brokers had been patrolling round 12 1/2 miles east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, lower than a half-mile north of the border, once they noticed 4 individuals carrying the rifles round 4:50 p.m. on Oct. 25, the company stated in a information launch.
When the lads noticed the brokers they dropped the weapons and ran towards Mexico.
Brokers summoned members of the San Diego Sector Border Patrol Tactical Unit, or BORTAC, to supply further safety and notified Mexican officers.
Brokers recovered 4 AR-15 type rifles and 17 loaded magazines.
Officers stated a bi-national investigation is underway however no arrests have been made.
“One of these harmful exercise should not be tolerated,” San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke stated in an announcement. “When occasions like this happen, we consider our fallen Border Patrol Brokers Bryan Terry, Robert Rosas, and others who’ve paid the final word sacrifice in service to this nation.
“We consider the migrant victims of armed extortion, theft or worse. And we consider the risks to outside lovers who frequent the realm. It’s vital that communities on each side of the border stay vigilant and report any suspicious exercise.”
The brokers had been patrolling in an space the place “bandit exercise” has occurred up to now, stated Border Patrol Agent Angel Moreno. He stated a dozen assaults on migrants had been documented within the space up to now 12 months.
Seeing weapons resembling AK-15-style rifles and loaded high-capacity magazines being carried by these touring within the mountainous area is alarming to the brokers who patrol the realm, he stated.
The “caliber of firepower” seized together with the quite a few rounds carried within the magazines was “regarding to me personally,” he stated.