Two men attempt smuggling over $360,000 in lunch bags

El Paso News
Cash in a lunch bag

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped two men at the Paso Del Norte crossing on July 22.

The two U.S. citizens driving from Mexico in a Volkswagen Passat were stopped at the border around 10:40 a.m. when an officer searched their car.

According to a release, the CBP officer found a backpack full of money and sent the car for another inspection.

Authorities stated that the CBP officers discovered more money inside of lunch bags that were hidden in the vehicle, during the second inspection.

The total amount of cash seized was $360,150, which is illegal if the currency is not reported to CBP.

The money can be petitioned to be returned but there must be proof that it was acquired legally.

CBP Officers seized the money and will continue the investigation.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

County Courthouse to be close Tuesday and Wednesday

Stimulus paid past due electric bills for one family, 40,000 El Pasoans still behind

New direct connector from westbound I-10 to Juárez now open

NMSU distributes 500 COVID-19 vaccines in drive-through distribution event

Fort Bliss soldier accused of sexual assault identified

Rapid Testing

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link