San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing southbound inspections at the San Ysidro port of entry yesterday intercepted $112,681 of hidden currency headed into Mexico.
On December 20, at about 10:45 a.m., CBP officers conducting inspections of travelers along Interstate 5 southbound targeted a black Honda Accord for inspection. Two 20-year-old male U.S. citizens were in the car.
A CBP officer screened the vehicle with a currency/firearms detector dog and the canine alerted to the dashboard area of the vehicle. Officers also utilized an x-ray imaging system that revealed anomalies within the dashboard and a fiber optic scope that showed packages in a non-factory compartment in the dash.
CBP officers discovered six cellophane wrapped packages of unreported currency totaling $112,500 within the compartment and discovered an additional $181 on the two men.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and $112,681 in U.S. currency, and turned both occupants over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Both men were 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.