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Checkpoint Operations Disrupt Cash Smuggling
May 29, 2020
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol Agents seized more than $36,000 intended for criminal use, May 28.
Las Cruces Border Patrol Station Agents at the I-10 checkpoint west of Las Cruces, New Mexico encountered a silver Hyundai Tucson SUV driven by a 21-year-old female occupant. During the initial interview, the agent detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. The agent referred the vehicle with all five U.S. citizen occupants to secondary for further inspection.
In the secondary inspection area a Border Patrol canine alerted to the possible presence of narcotics. Agents subsequently located 5.5 grams of marijuana hidden in the vehicle. All subjects and the vehicle were released pending further investigation. More than $36,000 were seized due to it being derived from or intended for criminal activity.
“Border Patrol Agents utilizing our specially-trained canines are a vital element in conducting the successful everyday enforcement operations necessary to keep our communities safe from criminal activity,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “Currency that is seized intended for the use of criminal activity is a debilitating blow to the criminal organizations operating within our communities.”
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