A U.S. man faces federal charges after a search of his car at the San Ysdiro border before he entered Mexico turned up a cache of weapons on Saturday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were inspecting cars en route to Mexico when the 19-year-old man entered from I-5 in a Nissan 350ZX, a CBP official said.

They pulled his vehicle aside for a closer look. An inspection of a speaker box in the vehicle’s rear turned out to contain automatic weapons, ammunition, magazines, and “tactical gear.

The weapons included three P90 standard machine guns, a M-4 machine gun, and one AK 47 machine gun, the CBP said. The weapons stash also included a 5.7 semi-automatic handgun and a 10 mm Colt semi-automatic.

In addition, CBP officers found more than 100 rounds of ammunition, as well as magazines for the machine guns, rifle slings and tactical web gear.

Agents seized the guns and ammunition, as well as the vehicle and turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

At last report, he was in the Metropolitan Correction Center awaiting federal weapons charges.

The port’s director believes the weapons were bound for drug gangs in Mexico. Such outbound inspections keeps them out of the wrong hands, said Chris Maston, port director for the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger facilities.

Source: Steve Perez for the San Diego Crime Examiner.

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