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Border Patrol Agents Find Large Stash of Cash at I-5 Checkpoint

The man, the currency, and vehicle were turned over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations.

The 28 bundles of cash amounted to $291,210. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Border Patrol
The 28 bundles of cash amounted to $291,210. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the Interstate 5 checkpoint last week for smuggling nearly $300,000 in cash.

At approximately 6 p.m., agents monitoring traffic near the checkpoint observed a suspicious 1998 Toyota Camry.  Agents initiated a vehicle stop and questioned the 19-year-old male U.S. citizen driver.  A K-9 concurrently performed a vehicle sniff, resulting in a positive alert. 

Agents escorted the man and his vehicle back to the San Clemente Station where members of the California National Guard conducted a non-intrusive inspection of the vehicle with an imaging detection system.  Anomalies were detected in the trunk of the vehicle, which was filled with baby supplies and large detergent boxes.  Agents opened the boxes and discovered 28 bundles of U.S. currency, which amounted to $291,210.

The man, the currency, and vehicle were turned over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

—U.S. Border Patrol

Tray March 17, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Use the money to keep this station open, it's hardly open and if it is they always make big bust.
Ilse Berke March 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM
And the rest of the story is?? Since when is it illegal to have boxes filled with money?
phil March 18, 2014 at 01:06 PM
nobody with $300k in cash drives a 1998 Toyota Camry......

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