NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 30-year-old Mexican national was arrested today for attempting to smuggle $20,520 in unreported U.S. currency into the United States through the SENTRI lane at the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Customs and Border Protection officers conducting inspections at the Trusted Traveler lane selected a vehicle for further inspection. During the search, officers located stacks of currency in a pouch on the man's lap. The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure. The man was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
SENTRI, part of a trusted-traveler program, allows members access to a dedicated commuter lane that expedites the inspection process for low-risk travelers. Qualification for the program requires an extensive background check and in-person interview.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP 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.