Body Armor In Luggage At Detroit Airport Leads To Discovery Of Weapons Cache

WWJ News
August 31, 2019 - 2:22 pm

photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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ROMULUS (WWJ) - Authorities say a 20-year-old man was returned to China after he arrived at Metro Airport with body armor in his luggage, which led to the discovery of a "significant weapons cache" at his home. 

The incident happened on August 18 after the Chinese national arrived at Metro Airport from Beijing. 

When first encountered, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the passenger declared that he was not carrying any prohibited items. During an examination of the man's luggage, agents discovered undeclared ballistic armor and other tactical apparel. Agents also discovered evidence that the man possessed a significant weapons cache at his home in the U.S. 

Customs officials worked with local agencies who obtained a search warrant for the man's Detroit-area home. Inside, they found an assault-type rifle and several handguns along with high capacity magazines and "bump-stock" devices.

The man was denied entry to the U.S. and returned to China on another flight. His name was not released.