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Gun seized at Port of Wilmington

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say weapons and ammunition were seized during an outbound inspection at the Port of Wilmington late last month.

Officials say an x-ray scan on July 26 found anomalies inside large buckets destined for Honduras and labeled on the manifest as  “personal effects, toys and household goods.”

A multi-agency team opened the buckets and found a 9mm Beretta handgun, along with three magazines and 247 rounds of 9mm ammo.

The contraband was wrapped in tin foil and coated with a tar-like cement.

It is illegal to export firearms and ammunition without a federal license and permit from the U.S. Department of Commerce or the U.S. Department of State.