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Man accused of trying to smuggle $303K out of Arizona

NOGALES, Ariz. — Federal authorities say a Mexican man has been arrested
for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly $303,000 in undeclared cash out of

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said Monday that 54-year-old
Elifonso Pillado Sanchez was taken into custody at the Dennis DeConcini Port of

CBP officers conducting outbound inspections selected Pillado Sanchez’s SUV for
further inspection.

During the search, officers say a trained canine alerted them to the unreported
money hidden in the vehicle’s roof hatch.

The SUV and cash were processed for seizure and authorities say Pillado Sanchez
was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security

Authorities didn’t immediately know Pillado Sanchez’s hometown or if he had a
lawyer yet.


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