Nogales, Ariz. — A 29-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Monday for allegedly attempting to smuggle $280,000 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Officers conducting outbound inspections last night referred Francisco Madero Mazon for a secondary inspection of his vehicle and found 14 packages of unreported currency hidden in the front bumper. The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure. The case was turned over to the Nogales Police Department for prosecution.
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