Customs seizes weapons cache in Portland

Customs seizes weapons cache in Portland

In one of the largest arms seizures in Oregon history, a cargo container of guns en route from China to Central America was stopped at the Port of Portland.

U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection officials say the handguns, shotguns and ammunition magazines were headed to an arms dealer in El Salvador.

The shipment, which originated in China, had transited Vancouver, British Columbia., before arriving in Portland. It subsequently was scheduled to transit Oakland and Long Beach, Calif. on its way to El Salvador. CBP inspectors, performing automated vessel manifest reviews of import and in-transit cargo on the vessel Nordstrand, became suspicious of the contents of the 20-foot container prior to its arrival in Portland. Upon arrival, the shipment was off-loaded, examined, and initially detained on June 28.

The shipment contained 780 handguns, 300 standard pump shotguns, 150 pistol-grip shotguns and 950 ammunition magazines. The cache had an estimated value of $421,000 dollars.