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CBP Seizes $145,860 in Unreported Cash

Release Date: 
November 1, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - A 39-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was arrested on November 1, for allegedly attempting to smuggle $145,860 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Mariposa port of entry.

Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents conducting outbound inspections selected an Isuzu Rodeo driven by Judith Velarde-Acosta for additional inspection and found 13 packages of currency hidden in a black metal box behind the vehicle's console panel. The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure. Velarde was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

Nogales CBP officers arrested a 39-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for attempting to smuggle $145,860 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Mariposa Port.

Nogales CBP officers arrested a 39-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for attempting to smuggle $145,860 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Mariposa Port.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017