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Border Patrol Agents Intercept Illegal Cash Stash

Release Date: 
August 19, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling Interstate 5 arrested a man on Tuesday who had a large quantity of illicit cash hidden inside the tail gate and other areas of his truck.

More than $130K was concealed inside the truck between the tail-gate and tail-light body panels.

More than $130K was concealed inside the truck between the tail-gate and tail-light body panels.

At approximately 8 a.m., agents on southbound Interstate 5 stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado truck.  Agents approached the 40-year-old U.S. citizen and received permission to search the back end of his truck.

A quick glimpse with a flashlight revealed that the tail gate interior was filled with bundles of cash.  Agents arrested the man and transported the vehicle to a nearby station for further investigation.  Agents found additional bundles of cash behind the truck tail lights and in the man’s pockets.

The search yielded a seizure of $137,017 in U.S. currency.  The man was turned over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations for currency smuggling.  The cash and vehicle were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017