Border officials: Douglas man had M-4 rifle taped to body

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CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas located an assault rifle when they searched a smuggler attempting to go south into Mexico. By Jennifer Thomas CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas located an assault rifle when they searched a smuggler attempting to go south into Mexico. By Jennifer Thomas
An assault rifle was seized over the weekend by CBP officers at the Port of Douglas from a smuggler attempting to carry it strapped to his side. By Jennifer Thomas An assault rifle was seized over the weekend by CBP officers at the Port of Douglas from a smuggler attempting to carry it strapped to his side. By Jennifer Thomas

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a Douglas man is accused of trying to cross into Mexico with an M-4 assault rifle strapped to his body.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers doing routine outbound inspections at the Douglas crossing stopped the man last Saturday.

The officers say they discovered the rifle taped to the sides of the man's body in two sections.

The rifle is commonly used by the U.S. military.

It was seized and the 21-year-old man was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.