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CBP Officers Seize $300,000 in Undeclared Currency at Arizona Border

Release Date: 
December 15, 2009

Nogales, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Mariposa, Ariz. port of entry yesterday discovered $300,032 in undeclared currency hidden inside a suitcase and arrested two men from Sonora, Mexico.

On Monday afternoon, CBP officers were conducting routine inspections of vehicles leaving the United States when they selected a 1994 Chevy pick-up truck for inspection. The truck was occupied by two Mexican men, ages 19 and 46.

While conducting their inspection, CBP officers opened a suitcase that was inside the truck and discovered 30 packages wrapped in black electrical tape. After a CBP Currency/Weapons Detector Dog alerted to the suitcase, officers removed the packages and seized $300,032 as undeclared currency.

Both occupants of the truck were arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017