Douglas, Ariz. - A 24-year-old female Mexican national was arrested Friday for attempting to smuggle $11,160 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Douglas Port.
Officers conducting outbound inspections referred Natalie Dorame for a secondary inspection when she attempted to enter Mexico through a pedestrian lane. Prior to the secondary inspection, Dorame claimed to be carrying only $2,000 but later admitted to making a false statement and that she was actually carrying $11,000. A pat-down search resulted in officers finding $11,160, most of which was concealed in her undergarments. The cash was processed for seizure and Dorame was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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