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$236K in cash found hidden in spare tire at AZ border

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(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
DOUGLAS, AZ (CBS5) -

A Mexican man is in custody on suspicion of trying to smuggle nearly $236,000 in undeclared cash out of southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Douglas port were conducting outbound inspections Wednesday.

They referred 44-year-old Abelardo Acosta-Bustamante for further inspection of his pickup truck.

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

Acosta-Bustamante is from Agua Prieta, Mexico.

Authorities said he was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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