Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped an illegal exportation of currency when CBP officers conducting outbound operations selected a father and son for inspection. Further investigation revealed both were attempting to smuggle $130,000 out of the U.S.
On Sept. 13, at approximately 8 p.m., CBP officers were screening travelers going into Mexico as part of an outbound operation. The CBP officers selected a 2007 Ford Lobo occupied by a 45-year-old father and his 19-year-old son. The father was a Mexican national and resident of Naco, Sonora, Mexico and the son was a United States citizen and resident of Naco, Ariz.
CBP officers seized the undeclared currency and both men were turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation. Prosecution was accepted on charges of Attempting to Smuggle Bulk Currency.
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