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High-powered ammo destined for Mexico found in San Juan, Texas

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 |

The Monitor
Naxiely Lopez
06/07/2011 11:36 PM





SAN JUAN — Police found more than 1,700 rounds of military-grade ammunition, commonly used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, during a Monday evening traffic stop.

Investigators believe the load was headed to Mexico.

San Juan police stopped the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup near the intersection of “I” Road and Business 83 about 7:30 p.m. after an officer noticed the vehicle had a broken tail light, Sgt. Rolando Garcia said.

The driver, later identified in a federal court document as 34-year-old Miguel Angel Avendano-Reyna, drove into the parking lot of an H-E-B near the area before he and his passenger tried to flee on foot, police said. But two officers at the scene, including Garcia, were able to apprehend both of them after a short pursuit.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 16 boxes and a black duffle bag under the truck’s back seat, Garcia said. Each container was filled with at least 100 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition.

The suspects had apparently picked up the load from an undisclosed residence in San Juan, and they had agreed to drop it off to an unidentified person in Hidalgo County for a payment of $250, officials said.

“This is something different for us. We usually get marijuana or other narcotics, but this type of seizure is big, especially with this type of ammunition,” Garcia said. The bullets were attached to a belt used for automatic weapons. “These have had confirmed kills in the military from as far as 3 miles away and it’s very destructive. It’s a very deadly round.”

The bullets are so powerful that they will go through bullet-proof vests and even armored vehicles and tanks, Garcia said.

San Juan police teamed up with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to continue investigating, Garcia said.

Avendano-Reyna and his passenger Jose Resendez-Olivares, 37, both are illegal immigrants who previously were deported a few months ago, according to federal court documents.

Avendano-Reyna, who admitted to authorities he knowingly possessed the rounds, was deported in September, while Resendez-Olivares, who claimed he helped load the boxes but didn’t know what was in them, was removed from the U.S. in November, documents show.

Both suspects made initial appearances in federal court on Monday, where they faced federal charges of illegal entry and illegal alien in possession of ammunition.

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17 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Are those Raufoss ( MK211) rounds, or API (silvertip) ? I can't tell from the picture.The difference is significant because MK211 is not commercially available in quantity, and thus this number of rounds would have to be stolen from the US military. If this is stolen Government property, will our gubmint boneheads still keep pretending that there is no war in Mexico?
It is also significant that the ammo was still linked up. If they delinked the ammo, 100 rounds would fit in the same space that 80 linked rounds occupies. Leaving it linked implies that a belt-fed 50 cal. was waiting to be fed, south of the border, down Mexico way.

Ardent said...

Apparently Fort Ringgold needs to keep a better lock on their safe box.

Anonymous said...

Money opens all the locks here in the US...

Anonymous said...

I'm sure this guy is here legally and poses no threat to the citizens of the US. He will get a slap on the wrist and be released to commit more crimes. Viva USA

Gerardo said...

Anon @ 7:38pm

added one more image, better view of bullet tip...API M8?

Anonymous said...

Does surprise me the US military is involve in in gun trafficking. Like anon June 8, 2011 8:28 PM said "Money opens all the locks here in the US..."

Anonymous said...

It isn't US Military ammo. Ammo for the 50's comes prepped with tracers.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Are those Raufoss ( MK211) rounds, or API (silvertip) ? I can't tell from the picture.The difference is significant because MK211 is not commercially available in quantity, and thus this number of rounds would have to be stolen from the US military. If this is stolen Government property, will our gubmint boneheads still keep pretending that there is no war in Mexico?
It is also significant that the ammo was still linked up. If they delinked the ammo, 100 rounds would fit in the same space that 80 linked rounds occupies. Leaving it linked implies that a belt-fed 50 cal. was waiting to be fed, south of the border, down Mexico way.

You may be correct, but if you look at them closer they are longer in length than the standard Military 50 Cal.

To be honest they look like the Russian 51 Cal used in the DShK Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun and they can not be bought in the USA because they are illegal to ship to the USA.

My best guess is since they are using brass shells instead of the Steel ones that Russia uses that this is the Chinese or Vietnamese version of this round, also note these are also the dual purpose rounds used during the Vietnam War, that is designed to take out Aircraft and light armor.

Layla2 said...

Imagine what is down there on the McAllen/Reynosa border that has not been confiscated. Another prime example of how easy it is for illegals to travel between countries--maney talks illegals walk.

Wake up USA, it's coming ...

Anonymous said...

Some people here are in denial but its clear this are coming from the US military. Money talks bullshit walks!

Anonymous said...

the whole valley should be taken over by american soldiers. and by mostly white soldiers from utah or the northeast. everyone knows most of the cops in the rio grande valley are of mexican descent and alot of them are already ON THE TAKE.

Anonymous said...

But the main question here is that why the fuck dont criminals learn to drive and when they do drive use a vehicle that is actually working properly with no broken lights?

'lito'brito said...

Anonymous said...

the whole valley should be taken over by american soldiers. and by mostly white soldiers from utah or the northeast. everyone knows most of the cops in the rio grande valley are of mexican descent and alot of them are already ON THE TAKE.
June 9, 2011 1:46 AM

AMEN

not that the Mexican American law officers are inherently corrupt..they are not..

but they are subject to plata o plomo intimidation if they have any family or ties to Mexico

what would you do if you were in their shoes...and a guy shows you photos of your grandparents or other family members in Mexico...and then offers you money to just wave a truck through..or turn your head...and when you do it once ...then they have you

any law agent working along the border needs to be unrelated to anyone living in Mexico

xyz said...

The broken tale light is a bullshit excuse cops living in a bordertown pull you over. Chances are they must of got a tip about the ammo and pulled the guys over. Just recently my friend and i got pulled over with the officer making the same excuse yet when we pulled over in a convenient store we found out the light was working just fine. Problem was it was 1 am and we were leaving a strip club

Anonymous said...

common BB, miguel and jose are just here to work hard and provide for their families in mexico by doing jobs no one else wants to do. give them a break.

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous idiot which suggests that putting white soldiers in the Valley will fix a lot of things guest what the major cartels are already in all the major cities like KC, Atlanta, NY, Miami, Salt lake City, Etc. Etc. and most of the low income white soldiers you are suggesting will not be on the take probably already have a drug problem or someone with a problem kid, sister, brother, cousin etc. that the cartels can get too also. So please don't be ignorant in suggesting the Valley doesn't already have Ice, Homeland Sec. and well trained people there from all walks of life to take care of some of the problems....fool

Anonymous said...

Ammo is not illegal, what's the big problem? LOL

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