TUCSON, Ariz. – A 19-year-old man from Pasco, Washington was arrested Oct. 6 for attempting to smuggle nearly $240,000 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a Jaguar, driven by Armando Rodriguez, for further inspection and found the unreported money hidden beneath the trunk’s undercarriage.
Officers processed the vehicle and currency for seizure, and referred Rodriguez to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.