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CBP Officers Find $200,000 in Spare Tire at Douglas Port

Release Date: 
May 15, 2010

Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently stopped an illegal exportation of more than $200,000.

Photo of stacks of currency on table

CBP officers working outbound operations at the port of entry in Douglas, Ariz., recently stopped a Mexican resident from illegally exporting more than $200,000 in cash. Officers found the undeclared cash hidden in the spare tire of a pickup truck.

On May 14, CBP officers were screening traffic going into Mexico as part of a southbound operation. The officers selected a 1996 Ford Ranger for further inspection. The vehicle was being driven by a 23-year-old man identified as a Mexican national and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.

CBP officers discovered that the man was attempting to smuggle more than $200,000 out of the United States by concealing the money in a spare tire that was secured underneath the bed of the pickup.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and the undeclared currency. The man was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017