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Man accused of trying to smuggle $1.6M out of Arizona

NOGALES, Ariz. -- A Mexican man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly $1.7 million in unreported cash out of southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound inspections Sunday at the Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales referred a truck driven by 56-year-old Cosme Barcelo-Quijada for further inspection.

During the search of the truck, officers say a CBP canine trained to detect currency located numerous packages of unreported cash in the dashboard and inside the roof compartment.

Authorities say more than $1.66 million in U.S. currency was seized from the truck and Barcelo-Quijada was taken into custody.

CBP officials say Barcelo-Quijada was living in Yuma. He's been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Authorities didn't immediately know Monday if Barcelo-Quijada has a lawyer yet.

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