CBP Officers Seize $300K-plus In Unreported Funds
NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 54-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle $302,800 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections selected a Jeep SUV, driven by Elifonso Pillado Sanchez, for further inspection. During the search, a CBP canine alerted officers to the unreported money hidden in the vehicle's roof hatch. The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure. Pillado was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigation.
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.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.