Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped an illegal exportation of currency when officers conducting southbound operations, searched a man and found that he was attempting to conceal $22,154 in undeclared currency on his person.
On May 22 at a little past 8 p.m. CBP officers were screening pedestrians going into Mexico as part of a southbound operation. The CBP officers selected a man carrying a red bag for inspection. CBP officers discovered that the man was attempting to smuggle $22,154 out of the United States by concealing the money on his person.
CBP officers seized 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.