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CBP Officers and Border Patrol Agents at Brownsville Port of Entry Seize $277,405 During Outbound Enforcement Operation

Release Date: 
October 12, 2010

Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Brownsville Port of Entry seized $277,405 in bulk U.S. currency.

The cash was discovered hidden inside a vehicle driven by a Mexican citizen.

More than a quarter of a million dollars in U.S. currency was seized by CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry during outbound inspections Sunday.

Sunday, CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working outbound enforcement operations at the Gateway International Bridge came in contact with a red 2002 Ford F-150 as it attempted to exit the United States and enter Mexico. The driver, a 35-year-old Mexican citizen from Donna, Texas was referred for further inspection. A search of the Ford resulted in the discovery of 10 packages of bulk U.S. currency hidden within the vehicle.

CBP officers seized the currency and the vehicle. The case had been referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

"This seizure is an excellent result of Brownsville's CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working together on outbound enforcement, said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville. "I commend our team for an outstanding seizure of this undeclared currency."

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 United States 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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017