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Nogales CBP Officers Seize More Than $317,000 in Unreported U.S. Currency Headed to Mexico

Release Date: 
April 2, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office recently seized more than $317,000 in unreported U.S. currency from two individuals headed for Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini port.

Nogales CBP officers recently seized $317,000 in unreported cash headed outbound to Mexico.

Nogales CBP officers recently seized $317,000 in unreported cash headed outbound to Mexico.

CBP officers conducting outbound inspections on March 30, selected a 16-year-old Mexican female for additional questioning. When officers searched her purse, they found a bundle of unreported U.S. currency totaling $17,360. The teen subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations. The currency was processed for seizure.

On March 31, CBP officers conducting outbound inspections referred a 25-year-old Mexican woman and her 29-year-old Mexican female passenger for a secondary inspection of their Ford sedan prior to heading into Mexico. After a CBP canine trained to detect currency alerted to the dash area, the car was taken to a vehicle-lift area for further inspection. Officers subsequently removed seven hidden packages containing a total of $300,049. The driver was arrested and turned over to ICE-HSI. The passenger was released with the unreported funds and vehicle processed for seizure.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017