Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol Agents, conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Brownsville Port of Entry, seized $305,995 in U.S. currency.
CBP officers and Border Patrol Agents, working outbound enforcement operations at the Gateway International Bridge Saturday, came in contact with a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero as it attempted to exit the United States and enter Mexico. The driver, a 21-year-old Mexican citizen was for further inspection. A search of the Oldsmobile resulted in the discovery of 12 packages of U.S. currency hidden within the vehicle.
CBP officers seized the currency and vehicle.The case has been referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"This seizure is the excellent result of Brownsville's CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working outbound enforcement operations. I commend our team for an outstanding seizure of this undeclared currency," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.