EL PASO- CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry found and seized $130,000 Tuesday afternoon.
The money was discovered hidden in a vehicle that was leaving the U.S. at the Ysleta international crossing. Officers decided to search the vehicle after a man said he was not carrying any cash. A CBP “money sniffing” dog searched the vehicle and alerted to the firewall area of the car. Officers and agents found 8 tape-wrapped bundles in the firewall area of the car containing $130,000 in cash.
“Currency seizures hit smugglers where it hurts them the most, their wallets,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha “Big currency seizures like this make it harder for criminal organizations to function by reducing their operating capital. Seized money is not replaced easily.”