Nogales, Ariz. - A pair of Mexican nationals were arrested over the weekend for allegedly attempting to smuggle $242,700 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Mariposa Port.
Monday, officers conducting routine inspections of travelers departing the United States selected a Chrysler van driven by a 37-year-old Mexican man for additional inspection and found $213,400 of unreported currency in 12 packages hidden behind the vehicle's air conditioner control panel.
Sunday, officers selected a Nissan SUV driven by a 24-year-old Mexican woman for additional inspection prior to departing the U.S. and found two packages containing $29,300 of unreported currency inside the gas tank.
The vehicles and cash in both cases were processed for seizure. The subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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's 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.