Nogales, Ariz. - A 30-year-old female Mexican national was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle $87,932 in unreported U.S. currency out of the country; while a 29 -year-old U.S. citizen was a arrested for trying to smuggle more than 37 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections referred Altar, Sonora, Mexico resident Isaura Cordova for a secondary inspection when she attempted to drive into Mexico. During the search, officers discovered vacuum sealed bags containing U.S. currency concealed in the vehicle's center console.
In a separate incident, methamphetamine was found by officers after a CBP narcotics detection dog alerted them to a vehicle driven by Phoenix resident Tadeo Martinez.
The cash, methamphetamine and vehicles were processed for seizure. Cordova and Martinez were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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.
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