Customs seizes 10,000 assault weapons parts


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have announced that officers at the Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville seized a shipment from China that contained over 10,000 assault weapons parts being smuggled into the country. 

The shipment, which arrived from Shenzhen, China, was destined for a residence in Melbourne, Florida. The parcel manifest described the contents as 100 steel pin samples.  This is a common practice of smugglers manifesting the contraband as a harmless or a legitimate commodity in hopes of eluding further examination.

“The importing of any type of munitions is regulated by the ATF,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director, Louisville.  “This smuggler was knowingly trying to avoid detection, however our officers remained vigilant, ensuring our community is safe.”  

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulates and restricts firearms and ammunition.  Importation of weapons or ammunition must be made by a licensed importer, dealer or manufacturer.

Officers referred the shipment to the CBP Center of Excellence and Expertise Machinery team who appraised the shipment with a domestic value of $129,600.

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations.  Those officers use a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides security and has operations at 328 air, sea and land ports of entry throughout the country.

Ports of entry in Kentucky are located at Louisville, Lexington and Erlanger, which serves the Greater Cincinnati area.


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