By: Special to The Laredo Sun
A CBP officer referred the woman driver along with a female passenger and the SUV for a secondary examination that resulted in the discovery and extraction of eight bundles containing approximately $94,300 in unreported currency concealed within the vehicle.
An additional $1,663 was also found on the driver.
The methamphetamine seizure occurred on Sunday, July 22, at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge (Bridge One) when a 27-year-old U.S. citizen from Conway, South Carolina attempted to enter the country from Mexico, as a pedestrian.
The primary officer referred the man for a secondary inspection that resulted in two packages of alleged crystal methamphetamine found on the man. The alleged crystal meth weighed a total of five pounds and has an estimated street value of $75,000.
CBP officers seized the unreported currency, the narcotics and the Nissan Pathfinder. The driver and the pedestrian were turned over by CBP officers to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“These two seizures are a testament to the dedication of CBP officers that are working in both the inbound and outbound areas, in the protection of this country’s borders, stopping unreported currency from being exported in a manner contrary to federal statutes and keeping hard narcotics from entering the U.S.,” said Joe Uribe, Acting CBP Port Director, Laredo.
Individuals are permitted to carry any amount of currency or monetary instruments into or out of the U. S.; however, if the quantity is more than $10,000, it must be reported.
This includes U.S. or foreign coins currently in circulation, currency, traveler’s checks in any form, money orders, and negotiable instruments or investment securities in bearer form.
Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest.
Edited by: C.R.