Duo accused of ammo export try
Federal authorities arrested two men on Thursday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 2,000 rounds of ammunition hidden in backpacks inside the tractor-trailer the pair attempted to drive into Matamoros.
Raul Ernesto Flores-Amador, born in 1985, and Ensi Eduardo Nava-Hernandez, born in 1984, are charged with attempting to export ammunition into Mexico without a valid license to do so, court records indicate.
According to a criminal complaint, the men tried to exit the country via the Veterans International Bridge, but were arrested after CBP seized 24 boxes of Monarch ammunition that included 1,960 rounds of .223 caliber and 40 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition.
During interviews with Homeland Security Investigations agents, the men allegedly told investigators that they were to deliver the ammunition to an individual in Matamoros for financial gain and had done so on previous occasions, according to court documents.
Flores-Amador and Nava Hernandez made a first appearance in federal court last Friday and are being held without bond pending a probable cause and detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan.