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Pics: Bomb intercepted by CBP officers at US-Mexico border: Report

A Border Patrol agent looks over some trails at Otay Mountain in San Diego on June 8, 2021. (Alejandro Tamayo/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
May 11, 2023

A homemade bomb was discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on Friday, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statement provided to journalist Ali Bradley.

“EXCLUSIVE: An improvised explosive device bound for the U.S. was intercepted at an Arizona port of entry. The improvised explosive device was intercepted during secondary inspection by CBP officers at the Douglas, Arizona POE on May 6th. The IED was made using an M&M container with electrical tape. Blue and red wires were exposed at the end of the container. I am waiting for more information regarding who the subject who attempted to get the device into the country,” Bradley tweeted.

“On May 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Area Port of Douglas, Arizona conducting secondary vehicle inspections encountered a destructive device,” the CBP said in a statement to Bradley. “Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) was contacted to inspect the device. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was contacted and responded to the port to interview the subject. A complete search of the vehicle was conducted after AZDPS had removed the destructive device with no additional items located.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to American Military News’ request for comment.

Earlier this week, Texas deployed a special border force to support law enforcement efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border as the nation braces for a migrant surge triggered by the end of Title 42, which Gov. Greg Abbott warned will cause a “catastrophic disaster.” Title 42 is a Trump-era public health policy that helped stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) recently warned Mexican cartels are preparing to flood the United States’ southern border with between 700,000 and one million illegal immigrants, adding that the CBP does not have enough resources or personnel to “keep them in detention and processing facilities.”

“When those facilities get full…they’re going to just take pictures. They’re not even going to do full on processing. They’re going to take pictures. If we’re lucky fingerprints, [but] probably not even that,” Biggs warned. “And then they’re going to release them right into the local communities along the border.”

“It will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” Biggs added.

Biggs said CBP officials are telling locals, “I’m sorry. You’re screwed.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.