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Albuquerque Mother, Daughter Charged with Illegal Exportation of Cash

Release Date: 
September 8, 2010

Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers prevented the illegal exportation of $38,000 in currency by an Albuquerque N.M. mother and daughter while conducting outbound operations at the Douglas, Ariz. port of entry.

Cash confiscated at Arizona port of entry.

This cash was discovered on a mother and daughter attempting to leave the U.S. without declaring it.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, CBP officers were screening travelers going into Mexico as part of an outbound operation. The CBP officers selected the women for a further search. CBP officers discovered that both females were wearing torso girdles under their outer clothing and the girdles were stuffed with bundles of money. The 33-year-old mother and her 14-year-old daughter are U. S. citizens and residents of Albuquerque, N. M.

CBP officers seized the undeclared currency. The mother was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution and her 14-year-old daughter was turned over to the custody of Child Protective Services.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017