Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped the illegal exportation of more than $799,000 and four weapons while screening traffic going into Mexico.
On Oct. 20, at around 10:30 a.m., CBP officers screening vehicles heading out of the country to Mexico stopped the driver of a 2010 Chevy pickup. While inspecting the vehicle for goods being exported illegally, officers noticed a discrepancy in the roof of the pickup's cab and decided to take a closer look.
Officers used an x-ray system to assist with the inspection and noticed anomalies when looking at the images. Further inspection revealed a compartment that when opened, contained bundles of currency and several weapons.
As a result of the inspection, officers seized more than $799,000 in cash and several weapons, including a .45-caliber handgun, two .38-caliber handguns, and a stolen 9 mm handgun.
The driver, a 25-year-old man and citizen of Mexico, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation and prosecution.
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