AZ DPS trooper helps catch NV man who had 5 AK-47s in car

AZ DPS trooper helps catch NV man who had 5 AK-47s in car
Rifles found in trunk of rental vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - During Operation Stonegarden, an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper helped arrest a 24-year-old man from Nevada who had five AK-47 assault rifles in his vehicle.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release the traffic stop happened Wednesday morning, March 7 on Interstate 10 near Marana.

The trooper found the weapons after he stopped the vehicle for traffic violations according to the release.  Five AK-47 assault rifles were also discovered in the vehicle's trunk, as well as a small amount of cocaine in the driver's wallet.

The rifles were seized and the driver is facing charges of trafficking of weapons, according to the release. The case has been turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The vehicle the driver was in was identified as a rental vehicle.

Operation Stonegarden is a Department of Homeland Security program that grants funds to other law enforcement agencies to enhance and strengthen border security throughout the United States.

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