Tucson, Ariz. — A 48-year-old Mexican man was arrested Sept. 16 for attempting to smuggle $189,300 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outgoing inspections referred a Cadillac Escalade for further inspection and located nine packages of currency hidden inside the vehicle’s roof.
Officers seized the unreported currency and referred the driver to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.