CBP seizes more than $100,000 at Presidio port

CBP seizes more than $100,000 at Presidio port
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 2:27pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Presidio port of entry seized $108,897 Thursday. The seizure was made while CBP personnel were performing southbound inspections.

“Individuals are permitted to carry any amount of currency or monetary instruments into or out of the U.S. However, if the quantity is $10,000 or higher, they must formally report the currency to CBP,” said Steven Green, acting CBP Presidio Port Director. “Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest. An individual may petition for the return of currency but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.”

The seizure was made at approximately 10:15 a.m. Thursday when a 2004 Lincoln LS arrived at the outbound inspection station on the highway leaving the U.S for Mexico. CBP personnel interviewed the driver and received a negative declaration for any currency in excess of $10,000, weapons or ammunition. CBP personnel selected the vehicle for a secondary exam during which they located 19 bundles of currency hidden within the speakers of a boxed sound bar system.

CBP officers arrested the driver, 26-year-old Jesus Antonio Baca of Dallas, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

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