NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to Tucson Field Operations seized more than $500,000 in undeclared U.S. currency Friday from a man headed for Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Officers conducting outbound inspections selected a 58-year-old Phoenix man for additional questioning. Subsequently, officers put the man's BMW on a vehicle lift and discovered a non-factory compartment containing 21 packages of undeclared U.S. currency totaling almost $514,000.
The funds were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, unprecedented shifts in staffing and infrastructure at Arizona's ports have improved the focus and intensity of operations. These shifts are resulting in more narcotics interceptions, while tougher outbound enforcement operations are yielding record interceptions of illicit currency, weapons and wanted felons.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.