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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:15 pm

A suspicious ammunition purchase led federal authorities all the way to Brownsville, where a man was arrested after officials found more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle he was driving.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the B&M International Bridge arrested Mario Ramirez-Rios Wednesday after discovering 3,280 rounds of 7.62X39mm ammunition and 200 9mm rounds concealed in a factory compartment on the floor of the vehicle he drove, officials said.

A criminal complaint alleges that Homeland Security Investigations agents followed Ramirez-Rios from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Pharr after receiving information about suspicious ammunition purchases.

Officials said HSI agents followed Ramirez-Rios from Pharr to his residence in Brownsville and then alerted CBP that the man was heading toward the B&M International Bridge in a Honda Odyssey.

Rios-Ramirez made his first appearance in federal court on Thursday and is being held without bond pending probable cause and detention hearings scheduled for June 11.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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