Border arrests land cache of weapons, cash


Greg Moran
Union-Tribune
July 21, 2010

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Federal agents seized a cache of guns, ammunition and $51,000 in cash at the border over the weekend in the latest example of the flow of weaponry that heads south from the United States and often ends up in the hands of lethal drug cartels.

In two separate but related arrests, agents with Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement confiscated 16 weapons, including assault rifles and pistols.

Seven of the weapons were hidden in the compartment of a Nissan car driven by Norman Eduardo Figueroa, 19, who was arrested Saturday afternoon at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as he tried to cross into Mexico. The Chula Vista man appeared in federal court Tuesday and was ordered detained pending a hearing Friday.

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