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