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CBP Officers in San Diego Seize $175,000 Headed into Mexico

Release Date: 
March 17, 2011

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing southbound inspections at the San Ysidro, Calif. port of entry intercepted $175,251 of unreported currency headed into Mexico.

Bundles of cash hidden inside a car door.

CBP officers at the San Ysidro, Calif. inspection station seized more than $175,000 in undeclared currency hidden in this vehicle's passenger car door.

On March 15, at about 4:30 p.m., CBP officers conducting outbound operations along interstate 5 southbound stopped a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen, and legal permanent resident of the United States, driving a white Jeep Commander.

CBP officers pulled the driver and vehicle aside for an intensive inspection. A CBP officer screened the vehicle with a currency/firearms detector dog and the canine alerted to the Jeep.

CBP officers discovered eight bundles of unreported currency in vacuum-sealed bags hidden inside the Jeep's passenger door.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and $175,251 in U.S. currency, and turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The driver was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017