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Border agents make another large cash seizure on the Mexican border

December 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border agents make another large cash seizure on the Mexican border

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Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made a $40,000 cash seizure being smuggled into Mexico, which was likely intended for a Mexican drug cartel.

According to a press release, CBP agents working at Texas’ Del Rio International Bridge grew suspicious of a woman driving from Texas to Mexico. The woman was leaving the U.S. on Monday in an SUV when officers carried out an outbound inspection of her car, Breitbart Texas reported.

The review recovered several bundles of cash that the woman failed to declare in her departure paperwork. The total amount of the money $37,901 USD. Officers confiscated the money and apprehended the driver.

“Seizing undeclared currency at ports of entry serves to deprive criminal organizations of their profits,” Alberto D. Perez, the Del Rio Port of Entry Port Director, announced in a statement. “Large amounts of currency may be imported and exported with the proper documentation.

The woman, who is a 30-year-old U.S. citizen living in Mexico, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigation where she faces charges associated with bulk cash smuggling because she failed to reveal that she was transporting over $10,000 in U.S. currency out of the country.

“Failing to report international transit of $10,000 or more could mean forfeiture of funds and criminal sanctions,” the director added.

Officials with Immigration and Customs define bulk cash smuggling as:

“Whoever, with the intent to evade a reporting requirement, knowingly conceals over $10,000 in currency or other monetary instruments on the person or in any conveyance, article of luggage, merchandise, or another container, and transports or attempts to transport or transfer currency or monetary instruments from a place in the U.S. to a place outside of the U.S., or from a place outside of the U.S. to a place within the U.S., shall be guilty of a currency smuggling offense.”

If the woman does face charges stemming from the cash seizure and is found guilty , she couls face up to 5 years behind bars.

Border Patrol agents also seized two large quantities of cash that was en route to Mexico on Monday. Officers in Southern California confiscated close to $300,000 in “illicit cash” from an alleged smuggler driving south. Additionally, in August, a record cash seizure was made for the San Diego Sector when officials discovered over $3 million in a Kia Forte.

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