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CBP Officers In Southern Arizona Nab Currency Smuggler At Port

Release Date: 
February 22, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized nearly $168,000 in unreported U.S. currency yesterday from a man headed for Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.

Undeclared U.S. currency seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

Officers conducting outbound inspections selected a 54-year-old Mexican man for additional questioning and a closer examination of his Chevrolet truck. When officers removed the bed liner, they found 11 packages containing $167,572.

The unreported funds and vehicle were processed for seizure. The man was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

This is the second significant currency seizure in just over a week. On Feb. 13, officers seized almost $169,000 that had been concealed inside the suspect vehicle's audio speakers.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017