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CBP Officers Intercept $175,000 in Unreported Funds

Release Date: 
April 8, 2013

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.

 

During the search, officers found a concealed compartment containing 14 packages of U.S. currency.

During the search, officers found a concealed compartment containing 14 packages of U.S. currency.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017