Border Patrol officers' random inspection uncovers $420,000 in car headed into Mexico from Arizona

A 33-year-old Mexican man is under arrest after U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers found hundreds of thousands of dollars of undeclared cash in his car at the Port of Nogales as he tried to drive into Mexico from Arizona.

Authorities say the car Victor Dariel Peralta-Cohen was attempting to drive into Mexico from Arizona, through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry , was randomly selected for inspection.

Some may call what happened next pure luck but Customs and Border Patrol officials tell ABC15 it's what they refer to as a "cold hit".

A "cold hit" is when a random inspection turns up a stash of cash or contraband.

Hidden beneath the car's rear seats inspectors discovered neatly wrapped bundles of cash.

When it was all unwrapped and counted up, there was more than $420,000 in denominations that included everything from $5 bills to $100 bills.

Customs and Border Patrol says they believe the money is the ill-gotten gains from either drug or human smuggling activities.

It wasn't the largest stash of cash border agents have seized -- they found over $1 million last year.

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