Tucson, Ariz. - After a recent successful cash seizure of $20,000 on Aug. 5 by CBP officers at the Nogales port of entry, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized $240,000 yesterday during checkpoint operations at the Interstate 19 checkpoint.
While conducting primary inspections, a canine team alerted to a tractor-trailer. Upon further examination at the secondary inspection area, agents uncovered 27 packages of U.S. currency stashed among cargo. The currency and trailer were seized. The driver was held for processing.
Border Patrol checkpoints, enhanced by canine units, continue to prove their effectiveness as part of the agency's defense-in-depth strategy of disrupting the channels used for human and contraband smuggling.
"Seizing cash impacts the smugglers where it hurts most - their pockets," stated Patrol Agent in Charge of the Nogales Station Thomas Rudd. "Our canine units at checkpoints help our agents to more effectively detect contraband and impede smuggling efforts."
Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector continue to be vigilant to all threats and remain committed to stemming the flow of contraband along our nation's borders.
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.