Border officers: Man tried to smuggle $236K out of Arizona

2013-06-20T17:35:00Z 2013-06-21T08:44:41Z Border officers: Man tried to smuggle $236K out of ArizonaThe Associated Press The Associated Press

A Mexican man is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly $236,000 in undeclared cash out of southern Arizona, federal authorities say.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Douglas port were conducting outbound inspections Wednesday when they referred Abelardo Acosta-Bustamante, 44, of Agua Prieta, for further inspection of his pickup truck.

During the search, officers say they found unreported currency inside a spare tire. The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure.

He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, authorities say.

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