CALIFORNIA, USA — US Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $1 million in unreported currency being smuggled into Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
“CBP officers and a canine team successfully stopped the smuggling of the currency during outbound inspections” said Anne Maricich, acting director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “This is a demonstration of great police work and dedication to the CBP mission by our officers with the goal of stopping the illicit movement of currency through the border.”
On December 9, CBP officers stopped a vehicle during the course of their outbound inspection on the Interstate 5 southbound lanes and subsequently referred it for inspection. A CBP canine team assisted during the inspection and the detector dog alerted to the driver’s side quarter panel of the vehicle.
Further inspection of the vehicle, by CBP officers, resulted in the discovery of numerous wrapped packages containing undeclared US currency in the quarter panels, under the third-row seats and the cargo area of the vehicle. CBP seized the unreported US currency.