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CBP seizes more than $799K in Undeclared Currency and Several Weapons at Nogales Port

Release Date: 
October 21, 2010

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.

CBP officers seized more than $799,000 in undeclared currency.

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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The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017