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Border Patrol Agents In Northern Washington Seize Almost $219,000 In U.S. Currency

Release Date: 
December 16, 2012

Blaine, Wash. - On Thursday evening at approximately 6:15 pm, remote video surveillance system operators witnessed individuals run south across the international boundary into the United States from Canada, north of Lynden, Washington. United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sumas Station along with a Border Patrol K-9 responded to the area. The agents, with the assistance of the K-9, were able to track sign that led from the international boundary to a double-wide trailer approximately 100 yards south of the border.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted in the seizure and investigation.

The caretaker of the property granted the agents permission to enter the trailer and speak with the occupants. Upon interviewing the occupants, it was determined that three of the individuals were Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States. A fourth person, a United States citizen, was found to have an active warrant and was turned over to local authorities.

One of the subjects admitted to crossing illegally with a backpack. The backpack was found to contain $218,908.

The money was processed for seizure and the three Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States were processed for removal. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted in the seizure and investigation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017