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CBP: Man arrived at Detroit Metro Airport with 'ballistic armor', weapons cache found at home

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 10:00:55-04

ROMULUS, Mich. (WXYZ) — U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents discovered a "significant weapons cache" after stopping a traveler at Detroit Metropolitan Airport earlier this month.

On Aug. 18, a Chinese national arrived at Detroit Metro Airport from Beijing.

Officials say when first encountered, the man declined carrying any prohibited items. During an examination of the traveler’s luggage, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers discovered undeclared ballistic armor and other tactical apparel.

CBP Officers also found evidence that the traveler had a significant weapons cache at his U.S. home, which appeared to include prohibited items such as high capacity magazines and “bump-stock” devices.

Based on the evidence, officers collaborated with various investigative agencies who obtained consent to search the man’s home. The search turned up a "significant cache of firearms and other regulated paraphernalia."

“CBP personnel are committed to protecting our nation from people who pose serious risks to our communities,” said Devin Chamberlain, CBP Area Port Director. “I am proud of the work performed every day by our CBP Officers and investigative partners to ensure the safety and security of our nation.”

CBP Officers determined the passenger was inadmissible to the United States and returned him to China.