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CBP Officers Seize $387K in Unreported Currency at Hidalgo International Bridge

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Stacks containing $387,000 in unreported currency seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge. USCBP Image
Stacks containing $387,000 in unreported currency seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge. USCBP Image
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HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry this week seized $387,000 in unreported currency hidden within a vehicle during an outbound examination.

“Our frontline officers maintained their vigilance and seized a significant amount of unreported outbound currency,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “These types of seizures, often proceeds from illicit activity, have significant impact and reflect CBP’s ongoing commitment to our priority border security mission.”

The seizure occurred on Monday, April 1 at the Hidalgo International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a southbound vehicle driven by a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen for a secondary examination. Following a thorough examination that included use of a nonintrusive inspection system, CBP officers discovered a total of $387,000 in unreported currency hidden within the vehicle. 
   
CBP officers seized the currency. Homeland Security Investigations special agents arrested the driver and initiated a criminal investigation.

It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000, but it is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to conceal it with intent to evade reporting requirements. Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest. An individual may petition for the return of currency seized by CBP officers, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.

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