Yuma Man Arrested for Charges of Smuggling Guns at Border

Yuma Man Arrested for Charges of Smuggling Assault Weapons at Border

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SAN LUIS, Ariz. – A Yuma man is arrested for charges of attempting to smuggle assault weapons out of the United States. 

Agents report conducting outbound operations at the Port of San Luis and referring an 18 year old Ramon Avitia for a secondary inspection of the Jeep SUV that he was driving. Avitia was taken into custody after the Border Patrol says they found two AK-47 assault rifles and four ammunition magazines located inside the vehicle. They say the rifles were hidden under the rear bench seat and the magazines were concealed in the center console. 

Robert L. Schroeder, Acting Port Director says"The CBP officers and agents working outbound enforcement operations prevented these assault rifles from being illegally exported." He says "This is an outstanding contribution by our officers and agents on the border and I commend them for this seizure and arrest." 

The vehicle, weapons and magazines were seized. Avitia was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt.  An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

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