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Border Patrol Agents Seize $300K in Cash

Release Date: 
January 29, 2020

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man with bulk cash concealed in his car on Monday.

 

On January 27, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents initiated a vehicle stop on a 2009 Toyota Corolla that was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near Oceanside.

 

During the vehicle stop, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the car.  After a thorough search of the vehicle, agents discovered 24 packages hidden inside the door panels of the vehicle.

The 24 bundles were wrapped in plastic and hidden behind a vehicle door panel.
The 24 bundles were wrapped in
plastic and hidden behind a vehicle
door panel.

 

In total, the packages contained $300,329 in U.S. currency.  Agents arrested the 41-year-old male U.S. citizen and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations.  The vehicle and cash were seized by the U.S Border Patrol.

 

During fiscal year 2019, the U.S. Border Patrol seized $2,570,756 in currency.

 

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: 
January 29, 2020