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CBP Officer in Arizona Seize $133,412 in Undeclared Currency

Release Date: 
December 4, 2009

Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry yesterday discover $133,412 hidden inside a Volkswagen Beetle. A 22-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico is arrested.

Packages of undeclared currency are found in a Volkswagen Beetle.

Packages of undeclared currency are found in a Volkswagen Beetle.

On Thursday afternoon, CBP officers conducting routine inspections of vehicles leaving the United States selected a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle for exam. The vehicle was occupied by a 22-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico.

While conducting their inspection, CBP officers discovered several packages of U.S. currency hidden in the rear quarter panel of the vehicle. Officers removed numerous packages totaling $133,412.

The money was seized. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017