NOGALES, Ariz. — A Mexican man has been arrested for allegedly trying to
smuggle nearly $1.7 million in unreported cash out of southern Arizona.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections
Sunday at the Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales referred a truck driven by
56-year-old Cosme Barcelo-Quijada for further inspection.
During the search of the truck, officers say a CBP canine trained to detect
currency located numerous packages of unreported cash in the dashboard and
inside the roof compartment.
Authorities say more than $1.66 million in U.S. currency was seized from the
truck and Barcelo-Quijada was taken into custody.
CBP officials say Barcelo-Quijada was living in Yuma. He’s been turned over to
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Authorities didn’t immediately know Monday if Barcelo-Quijada has a lawyer yet.