BROWNSVILLE — A man told federal investigators he was responsible for smuggling about 15,000 rounds of various ammunition in just six months, according to court documents.
A federal criminal complaint alleges Guadalupe Edgar Lucio-Amador hid his latest batch of 100 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition inside a box containing juice bottles.
Lucio-Amador is charged with exporting defense articles on the U.S. munitions list into Mexico without a State Department license or written authorization, according to court records.
He was arrested Friday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained him while conducting southbound inspections at the B&M Bridge.
“CBP Officers inspected the vehicle and the inspection revealed two boxes of .40-caliber ammunition concealed within a box containing juice bottles,” the criminal complaint states. “A total of 100 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition were retrieved from the vehicle.”
According to court records, Lucio-Amador agreed to give a statement to special agents from Homeland Security Investigations without an attorney present.
“Lucio stated he concealed the ammunition in the juice box to smuggle it into Mexico,” the criminal complaint states. “Lucio further stated that since on or about July 2013, he has smuggled approximately 15,000 rounds of various high-caliber rifle and handgun ammunition and approximately 600 magazines for various high-caliber rifles and handguns and delivered them to unknown persons in Mexico.”
Lucio-Amador is being held without bail pending further court proceedings.