$50,000 of U.S. cash is found hidden inside a car, as the driver attempted to cross the Brownsville Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found the stashed bundle of cash Thursday while inspecting a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge.
According to officers the driver was attempting to exit the United States and enter Mexico.
The driver, a 24 year-old Brownsville native, was referred to secondary for further inspection, that TMs when officers found the cash hidden in six packages within the vehicle.
CBP officers seized the currency.
The driver has been transferred into the custody of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
Persistence and dedication in outbound enforcement inspections are critical to our efforts of keeping undeclared currency form being exported without meeting proper reporting requirements. I commend our CBP officers for an outstanding seizure and arrest in this alleged bulk currency smuggling case, said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
Officials say It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000, but it is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to conceal it with intent to evade reporting requirements.Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest.
An individual may petition for the return of currency seized by CBP officers, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.