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Nogales CBP Officers Prevent 3rd Significant Currency Smuggling Attempt in Two Weeks

Release Date: 
February 23, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized more than $206,000 of unreported U.S. currency yesterday from a woman headed for Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.

Officers conducting outbound inspections selected a 46-year-old Mexican woman for additional questioning and a closer examination of her Ford SUV. When officers searched the vehicle, they found 12 packages inside a factory compartment containing $206,330.

CBP officers in Nogales seized three significant unreported currency seizures since Feb. 13. Photo above shows $206,330 seized in the third currency smuggling attempt.

CBP officers in Nogales seized three significant unreported currency seizures since Feb. 13. Photo above shows $206,330 seized in the third currency smuggling attempt.

The unreported funds and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Nogales Area Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez credited CBP personnel for their dedication and said significant outbound cash seizures send a message to criminal organizations.

"This seizure demonstrates our diligence, passion and commitment to the work we perform," he said. "Intercepting illicit funds during outbound inspections has a direct effect on transnational criminal organizations operating in Mexico. It sends a clear message that we are here and we are working hard to defeat them."

This is the third significant currency a two-week period netting more than a half-million dollars total. Officers seized almost $168,000 Tuesday and nearly $169,000 on Feb. 13.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017