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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.