NOGALES, ARIZ.—A male Mexican national was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle $464,250 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections selected a Ford truck, for further inspection. During the search, a CBP canine alerted to the unreported money hidden in a nightstand the man reportedly purchased, along with several other household items. The vehicle, items and cash were seized. The subject and the seized property were turned over to state and local authorities for further processing.
"This seizure demonstrates the importance of outbound operations at our nation's land ports," stated Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "These operations prevent weapons, ammunition and unreported currency from making their way to the groups who are trafficking drugs from Mexico into our nation."
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.