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CBP Officers Stop Car Headed to Mexico With Ten Bundles of Cash Hidden in Gas Tank

Release Date: 
July 20, 2012

Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, conducting outbound inspections at the downtown Calexico port of entry, stopped a car with ten packages hidden in the gas tank containing more than $210,000 in undeclared cash on July 20.

A CBP officer used a fiber optic scope to inspect the gas tank where the hidden packages were discovered.

A CBP officer used a fiber optic scope to inspect the gas tank where the hidden packages were discovered.

At about 1 a.m., CBP officers conducting outbound inspections at the Calexico West port of entry examined a silver 1996 Nissan Maxima. The driver was a 29-year-old male legal permanent resident of the U.S. who was accompanied by his wife and minor daughter.

A CBP detector dog screened the vehicle and alerted to the gas tank. A CBP officer used a fiber optic scope to inspect the gas tank where the hidden packages were discovered.

CBP officers extracted ten packages from the gas tank containing $210,499 in undeclared cash.

CBP officers then seized the vehicle, bundles of currency and turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations agents. The driver will face criminal charges and his wife and child were released.

"When we seize cash during an attempt to illegally smuggle it out of the country, we significantly increase the cost of doing business for violent criminal organizations," said Chris Maston, Director of Field Operations in San Diego. "Outbound inspections will continue to serve as a valuable tool in our efforts to enforce smart, effective, and strategic border operations."

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017