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Border agents seize guns at Peace Bridge, arrest three

Three people were arrested at the Peace Bridge and turned over to Buffalo police after officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection found two loaded handguns in their vehicle.

The federal officers stopped the vehicle at about 4:30 a.m. after it made a wrong turn on the plaza leading to the bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Canada, the agency said Sunday. The 25-year-old male driver and two passengers, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, said they had accidentally turned onto the bridge plaza but just wanted to return to local streets.  All three are U.S. citizens.

Officers directed the vehicle for further examination, and found two loaded handguns - a 9 mm Taurus and a .32-caliber revolver - along with ammunition, including two .32-caliber rounds and 12 9-mm rounds. The weapons and ammunition were in a duffel bag in the trunk, along with fatigue-style clothing and a mask, all of which was seized and turned over to Buffalo police.

“CBP officers are the first line of defense and work diligently to protect the public,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “This is an excellent example of the daily dangers our officers face while protecting our nation’s borders.”

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