Bill Wechter/North County Times
Customs and Border Protection officer Bernard Alvarez receives documentation from someone crossing into the U.S. at the San Ysidro border crossing.
A teenager was arrested after agents at a San Diego border checkpoint found a cache of machine guns and other weapons and ammunition inside his car.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigators said the Nissan was stopped Saturday on Interstate 5 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, where agents were inspecting vehicles heading into Mexico. Five machine guns, two handguns, dozens of rounds of ammunition and tactical gear were found hidden in the Nissan, authorities said.
The vehicle was headed south into Mexico, the L.A. Times reported. The paper also reported that the weapons were hidden inside a speaker box.
The 19-year-old driver, whose name wasn't disclosed, was arrested.
Federal officials said the inspections are part of an effort to curtail the flow of weapons and money fueling the drug war in Mexico. The Times reported that a 20-year-old man allegedly tried to smuggle a pair of machine guns into Mexico last week through a border crossing in the Imperial Valley.