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.
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.
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.