Aug 5, 2011

ICE agents confiscate 34,500 rounds from El Paso pawn shop

From the El Paso Times - At least 34,500 rounds of assault-caliber ammunition were seized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as part of an undercover ammunition smuggling investigation, resulting in a raid on a Downtown pawn shop. Federal authorities say the seizure is expected to be the largest in El Paso's history -- once agents sort through the evidence. The owner of Geneva Loan and Jewelry Co., 222 S. El Paso on the corner of Overland and El Paso streets, and five employees allegedly sold and repackaged all 34,500 rounds, along with 180 large-capacity magazines, to undercover ICE agents, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas. The repackaging was designed to make the rounds easier to smuggle across the border. Read more

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