Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents at the Laredo port of entry seized more than $350,000 in undeclared currency from a vehicle as it attempted to make its way to Mexico on Wednesday evening.
CBP officers and agents were conducting outbound enforcement as part of joint-component operations, when they encountered a 2008 Dodge Caravan van driven by a 28-year-old Fort Worth, Texas resident as he was attempting the exit the U. S. through the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge. CBP officers referred the van to secondary for further inspection. This inspection resulted in the discovery of 38 bundles of undeclared currency within the vehicle. The total amount of the currency is $381,752.
The case was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the Dodge van.
"The importance of our outbound inspections is highlighted with the stopping of bulk cash smugglings attempts like this. CBP officers and agents continue to labor in making this collaborative aspect of our mission successful," said Gene Garza, CBP port director, Laredo.
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.