Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Douglas port of entry stopped an illegal exportation of nearly $17,000 while screening traffic going into Mexico.
On December 23 at about 3:30 p.m., CBP officers were screening traffic going into Mexico as part of a southbound operation. The officers selected a 2003 Honda Accord being driven by a 34-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Further inspection revealed that the man was attempting to smuggle nearly $17,000 out of United States. The CBP officers found the illegal currency concealed in the man's briefcase and the glove-compartment of the vehicle he was driving.
CBP officers seized the illegal currency. The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further questioning.
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.