Man Arrested for Trying to Smuggle Assault Rifle into Mexico

POSTED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 5:18pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 2:45pm

Nestor Saucedo carried a toy box as he tried to walk across the bridge, but not only was a toy inside, sheriff deputies also found an AK-47 Assault Rifle.

Sheriff deputies, along with federal agents patrol the port of entries and are on the lookout for anything that’s illegal. They try to stop illegal smuggling from entering the Mexican border and on Monday night, they did. Cameron County Sheriff deputies stopped the 20-year-old from possibly selling the assault rifle to the drug cartels in México.

"Many of the weapons that are bought here in the United States and they are out there and they're used by the drug cartels and it is very vital that we stop every gun."

Saucedo tried to walk across with the toy box Monday evening. Sheriff deputies say the man looked suspicious so they stopped him for questioning.

Deputies asked the suspect if they could see if a toy was in fact, inside. When they looked inside, authorities did find a piece of the small toddler bike but they also found the weapon, which is definitely not part of the toy.

Saucedo is only 20 years old. He’s a Mexican national and lived in Matamoros. Sheriff, Omar Lucio, says Saucedo is only one of the many people who do the dirty work for the cartels nowadays.

"They hire young people to do, some of what is known as, commonly known here as dirty work to go ahead and either shoot someone or to get the weapons across."

It is not certainly known if Saucedo was giving the rifle to a drug cartel organization or selling it somewhere else. Sheriff Lucio says this type of weapon is valued at about $1,000 in the U.S. In México, however, the rifle can cost thousands of dollars more.

Saucedo remains in federal custody awaiting weapon smuggling charges.