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.
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.
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.