Sacto 9-1-1
November 4, 2011
TSA agents search Amtrak trains in Sacramento

Transportation Security Administration agents boarded Amtrak trains in Sacramento today to conduct one of their periodic VIPR operations, officials said.

The searches of trains are performed by the agency's Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team, said Nico Melendez, spokesman for TSA,

The agency has conducted 60,000 of these over the past six years on a scheduled, but not publicized basis, Melendez said.

Not only does it provide a deterrent to anyone considering striking transportation corridors, it also sometimes turns up actual problems, he said.

A VIPR operation in Martinez Thursday prompted a passenger to leave the train, appearing nervous, Melendez said.

An Amtrak police officer who noticed the passenger leaving stopped and searched him.

He was found to be carrying a .40-caliber handgun and ammunition, Melendez said.

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