U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge Port of Entry seized $931,739 in bulk, unreported U.S. currency.
“Our officers use multiple law enforcement tools while conducting inbound and outbound inspections; their vigilance and attention to detail led to this significant currency seizure,mo” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The seizure took place on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when CBP officers working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a 21-year-old male United States citizen driving a 2013 Chevrolet, who was selected for a routine outbound inspection. While in the secondary inspection area, with the aid of a non-intrusive inspection system (NII) and a canine unit, CBP officers discovered bulk currency hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the bulk U.S. currency totaling $931,739 hidden within the vehicle.
CBP officers seized the currency along with the vehicle. Homeland Security Investigations special agents arrested the driver and initiated a criminal investigation.