A box of semi-automatic weapons which was intended to ship to this country, was discovered hidden in a tool box in Puerto Rico last week Wednesday.
The discovery and seizure of the items were made by the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP).
According to the USCBP, they seized six semiautomatic pistols and nine pistol magazines inside a toolbox sent via air courier from Tennessee to Port of Spain, Trinidad.
“The exportation of firearms requires a license in compliance with US Export Control regulations”, stated Carlos Nieves, Port Director in Mayaguez-Aguadilla.
“CBP officers enforce US import and export regulations to ensure that products entering the supply chain respect international trade agreements.”
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.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took custody of the weapons for further investigation.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) administers U.S. laws, regulations and policies governing the export and re-export of commodities, software, and technology (collectively “items”) falling under the jurisdiction of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
At a recent press conference, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said that guns entered the country through illegal ports.