More than 65,000 rounds of ammo found at NM home

Aug 3, 2012

A New Mexico man is in federal custody after authorities seized more than 65,000 rounds of ammunition from his home. Authorities say 25-year-old Carlos Guadalupe Morales allegedly was buying large amounts of ammunition and shipping them to Mexican drug cartels.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents arrested Morales after executing a search warrant Tuesday at his apartment in Anthony. Agents reported finding 65,195 rounds of ammo, two ballistic vests and three Kevlar military helmets plus a semi-automatic rifle and pistol.

Authorities say Morales estimates he has bought and shipped to Mexico about 200,000 rounds of ammunition of various calibers since the end of last year.

Morales had his initial court appearance Thursday and his detention hearing is set for Aug. 3. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer yet.