A 26-year-old man was sentenced to three years of probation for trying to smuggle cash into Mexico.
According to court records, on April 13, 2017, a federal agent who was working on an operation targeting suspicious activity near the border saw a car with out-of-state plates make contact with a male pedestrian walking toward the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. The agent notified officers at the port to be on the lookout for the pedestrian, who was later identified as Jesus Salido of Nogales.
Officers at the port stopped Salido and asked him if he was carrying any weapons, ammunition or currency in excess of $10,000. Salido said he was not, and when asked how much cash he had with him, he said $3,000. Further inspection determined that he was carrying $6,600, and he was arrested on suspicion of cash smuggling.
Durng a post-arrest interview, Salido reportedly said he had picked up the money on behalf of a man in Nogales, Sonora, who told him to say that it was from the sale of a vehicle. However, Salido admitted that he knew that wasn’t true and believed the cash came from the sale of narcotics.
He later pleaded guilty at Santa Cruz County Superior Court to one count of attempted money laundering, a Class 4 felony. On May 20, Judge Thomas Fink sentenced him to three years of probation, with credit for 83 days served in detention prior to sentencing.