EAGLE PASS Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Eagle Port of Entry seized over $190,000 in unreported currency in one enforcement action.
“This seizure is a prime example of the continued dedication of our frontline officers to uphold our border security mission,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.
On Thursday, September 17th at the Camino Real International Bridge, when CBP officers encountered a commercial bus traveling to Mexico. The 2016 Scania bus was referred for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system inspection along with a physical inspection of the bus and the luggage resulted in the discovery of 11 packages of currency inside a duffle bag. The packages containing a total of $196,925 of unreported currency.
The unreported currency was seized by CBP.
It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000, but it is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to conceal it with intent to evade reporting requirements. Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest. An individual may petition for the return of currency seized by CBP officers, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.