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US officials seize guns bound for Trinidad

Gun shipment seized: US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized six semi-automatic pistols and nine pistol magazines inside a toolbox sent via air courier from Tennessee to Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo: US Customs and Border Protection)

Gun shipment seized: US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized six semi-automatic pistols and nine pistol magazines inside a toolbox sent via air courier from Tennessee to Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo: US Customs and Border Protection)

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized six semi-automatic pistols and nine pistol magazines inside a toolbox sent via air courier from Tennessee to Port of Spain, Trinidad.

In a statement on Monday, the CBP said on July 1, CBP officers inspected outbound parcels at the Rafael Hernandez International Airport.

"A CBP K-9 alerted to a box manifested as “Gift Shipment” with $100 customs value declared. A more intrusive inspection revealed that the toolbox had six semiautomatic pistols and nine pistol magazines."

It added that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took custody of the weapons for further investigation.

Carlos Nieves, Port Director in Mayaguez-Aguadilla stated: The exportation of firearms requires a license in compliance with US Export Control regulations."

Nieves added: “CBP officers enforce US import and export regulations to ensure that products entering the supply chain respect international trade agreements.”

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