PRESIDIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Presidio port of entry seized $50,970 Tuesday morning. The money was discovered hidden in a box of laundry detergent.
CBP officers and Border Patrol agents were conducting a southbound inspection operation at the Presidio crossing when at approximately 09:20 a.m. a 2011 GMC Sierra pick-up driven by a male U.S. citizen approached the checkpoint. The driver and vehicle were selected for an intensive exam. During inspection of the vehicle and baggage the officers noticed tampering on an unopened box of detergent. Further inspection of the box revealed currency bundles wrapped in plastic bags hidden within the soap. CBP officers seized the money and vehicle. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.
"CBP officers are working hard to stop the illegal movement of guns, ammunition and unreported currency," said David Lambrix, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Presidio port director "Travelers who do not follow federal currency reporting requirements run the risk of losing their currency and may potentially face criminal charges."
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.