A 54-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle $302,800 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections selected a Jeep SUV, driven by Elifonso Pillado Sanchez, for further inspection. During the search, a CBP canine alerted officers to the unreported money hidden in the vehicle’s roof hatch. The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure.
Pillado was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation.