NOGALES, ARIZ.—A male Mexican national was arrested on April 7, for attempting to smuggle more than $175,000 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections selected a Mercedes sedan driven by Samir Alexander Lara-Ambriz, 29, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. During the search, officers found a concealed compartment containing 14 packages of U.S. currency. The vehicle and cash were seized. Lara was arrested and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP officers working at Arizona's ports are assigned to the Office of Field Operations, the primary organization tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. The mission also includes narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.