Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Nogales Port of Entry stopped an illegal exportation of more than $20,000 while screening traffic going into Mexico.
On Aug. 5, at approximately 5:15 p.m., CBP officers were screening traffic going into Mexico as part of outbound operations. The officers selected a 1991 maroon Honda Accord driven by a 24-year-old man from Phoenix, Ariz. for inspection. During the inspection, CBP officers observed discrepancies which led to the discovery of two bundles of money hidden within the engine compartment totaling $20,020.
"When we prevent weapons and currency from leaving through our ports of entry with seizures such as these," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "It is just as damaging to smuggling organizations as the seizures of their inbound narcotics."
CBP Officers seized the undeclared currency and the vehicle and the man was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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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.