NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 34-year-old Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora, was arrested yesterday for attempting to smuggle $90,000 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections selected the Ford truck driven by Cesar Olea Vazquez, for further inspection. Once a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of illegal contraband, officers located stacks of currency underneath the front seat. The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure. The man is being held on bulk cash smuggling charges by state authorities.
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