BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Border Patrol agents conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Brownsville Port of Entry seized $200,018 in bulk U.S. currency last Wednesday.
CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a red 2009 Dodge Ram as it attempted to leave the United States and enter Mexico .
The driver, a 39 year-old citizen of Mexico who lives in Brownsville was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, a search of the Dodge resulted in the discovery of nine bundles of bulk U.S. currency hidden within the vehicle.
CBP officers seized the currency the vehicle and the case has been referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Our team working outbound inspections at B&M Bridge has stopped this alleged exportation of bulk U.S. currency without meeting proper reporting requirements,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
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