CBP Officers at the Calexico Downtown Port Intercept $450,000 in U.S. Currency Bound for Mexico
Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry yesterday intercepted $450,000 in unreported U.S. currency.
The incident occurred at about 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, when officers conducting outbound inspections referred a green 2002 Acura MDX for further examination.
The driver, a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen and a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., did not declare to officers that he possessed more than $10,000 in currency or monetary instruments.
Officers used a canine to screen the vehicle which led them to the discovery of nine vacuum sealed packages containing U.S. currency, concealed inside the passenger side rear quarter panel.
CBP officers arrested the driver and seized the money and vehicle.
It is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling more than $10,000 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.
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.