Officers at Hidalgo bridge find $209,000 hidden in Volkswagen Passat headed to Reynosa
Officers at the Hidalgo bridge stopped a car headed to Reynosa on Wednesday and seized about $209,000 hidden in the bumper.
A 40-year-old Mexican citizen named Daniel Castro-Olguin attempted to cross the international bridge from Hidalgo to Reynosa on Wednesday driving a Volkswagen Passat.
Officers stopped the Passat and asked Castro standard questions, including whether or not he had more than $10,000 cash.
Castro said he didn't have anything to declare, according to the criminal complaint against him.
Officers sent Castro to secondary inspection, where a K-9 alerted to the Passat's bumper.
When they searched the bumper, officers found 14 bundles of cash, according to the criminal complaint. Officers counted the money and determined Castro had $209,260.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, questioned Castro about the cash.
Castro said he crossed the border on Wednesday and went to a business in McAllen, where someone took the Passat and loaded the vehicle with cash, according to the criminal complaint. Afterward, he attempted to return to Reynosa with the loaded car.
"CASTRO-Olguin told agents the individuals who hired him were involved in the selling of illegal narcotics," according to the criminal complaint. "He started he knew it was illegal to transport money large amounts of money (sic) into Mexico without declaring it."
Castro is charged with knowingly and intentionally attempting to evade currency reporting requirements.
Court records don't list an attorney for Castro, who remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.