LUKEVILLE, ARIZ.—Two Mexican nationals were arrested Monday for attempting to smuggle $205,500 of unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the port of Lukeville.
Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections selected a 2000 Toyota sedan for a secondary inspection. The vehicle's occupants, Laura Reyna, 33, and Ruperto Garcia, 33, told officers they had nothing to declare. During the inspection, however, officers found 22 bundles of U.S. currency in the vehicle's panels.
Both individuals were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The cash and vehicle were seized.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their 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.