USBP Seizes More Than $76K in Bulk Currency
San Clemente, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man on Thursday afternoon who had more than $76,000 in U.S. currency inside his car.
Thursday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents conducted a vehicle stop on a grey 2017 Volkswagen Jetta traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near Las Pulgas Road in San Clemente, California.
Upon searching the vehicle, the agents located a small box on the back seat which contained several bundles of U.S. currency. A further search revealed additional bundles hidden in the car’s center console and inside a backpack. In total, there was $76,028.
Agents placed the 56-year-old U.S. citizen under arrest and transported him to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing. Record checks revealed that the man had an extensive criminal history, which included prior arrests for human and narcotics smuggling.
The currency and the man were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. The vehicle was seized by the U.S Border Patrol.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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 securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.