Nogales CBP Officers Seize $290,000 in Illicit Outbound Currency

(Friday, September 30, 2011)

Nogales, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of the Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command-Arizona, arrested a Mexican woman for attempting to smuggle more than $290,000 in undeclared U.S. currency into Mexico yesterday.

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port were conducting outbound inspections, when they referred a Dodge sedan driven by a 36-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection. During a search of the vehicle, five packages of undeclared U.S. currency totaling a little more than $290,000 were located. The vehicle and the currency were seized and the driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations

“I congratulate our CBP officers for preventing this large amount undeclared currency from being taken out of the country,