More than 10,000 assault weapons parts worth over $129,000 were intercepted in UPS’s Worldport Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville, Kentucky in late May, Customs and Border Protection officials recently announced.
According the the release, the shipment originated in Shenzhen, China and was headed to a home in Melburne, Florida when it was discovered. The shipping manifest listed the contents as steel pin samples. When CBP officials looked closer they discovered the weapons parts.
“The importing of any type of munitions is regulated by the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives],” said Louisville Port Director Thomas Mahn in a statement released Friday. “This smuggler was knowingly trying to avoid detection, however, our officers remain vigilant, ensuring our community is safe.”
According to investigators, the shipment was transferred to the Center of Excellence and Expertise’s machinery team, which put the value of the shipment at $129,600.