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Apr 12, 2013 8:59 PM by Leasa Conze

Cash seized at the border in two separate busts

NOGALES - Two men, both citizens of Mexico, are facing charges for allegedly trying to smuggle thousands of dollars in cash into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry.

In the first incident, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents were doing outbound inspections when they selected a Ford truck for further scrutiny.

The truck was full of items the driver, a 58-year-old man from Caborca, Sonora, said he'd bought at a swap meet. Among it all, officers found a box said to contain lawn furniture but which agents say really contained seven packages of undeclared cash, totaling $348,840.

The vehicle and cash were seized and the man now faces charges for bulk cash smuggling.

In the second bust, agents and officers referred another Ford truck for a second inspection.

During that search, authorities found a zip-lock bag, a fast-food sack and a brownie mix box, all containing a total of $27,670 in unreported cash.

In this case, as well, both the cash and truck were seized and the 25-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, faces cash smuggling charges.

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