POSTED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 1:06pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 4:24pm
EL PASO- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the El Paso port of entry seized $304,389 Tuesday afternoon.
The money was discovered hidden in a vehicle that was leaving the U.S. at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing.
Agents and a currency-sniffing dog, Bora, found the money hidden in a car driven by a 22-year-old female.
“There is no limit to how much currency travelers can import or export however under U.S. law they must report amounts exceeding $10,000 to CBP at the time of the arrival or departure,” said Hector Mancha, U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso port director. “Travelers who do not follow federal currency reporting requirements run the risk of losing their currency and may potentially face criminal charges.”