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CBP Officers Discover More Than $50,000 in U.S. Currency Concealed Under Pedestrian’s Clothing

Release Date: 
November 7, 2014

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Wednesday discovered $51,300 in unreported U.S. currency concealed underneath the clothing of a man traveling to Mexico on foot.

bundles of cash found strapped to U.S. citizen

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspecting travelers walking south into Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry found these bundles of cash strapped to a 25-year-old male U.S. citizen.

The incident occurred on November 4, at about 11:20 a.m., when CBP officers were conducting southbound inspections of travelers heading to Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry.  Officers targeted a 25-year-old male U.S. citizen, and escorted him to a secure area for further examination.

During the inspection, a CBP currency and firearms detector dog alerted to the man, leading officers to the discovery of eleven wrapped bundles of U.S. currency concealed underneath layers of his clothing.

The man, a resident of Hacienda Heights, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.  He was later transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await criminal arraignment.

CBP seized the money.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017