Currency Smuggler Seized At Presidio

PRESIDIO BORDER CROSSING, TX (Ben Caxton) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized $43,514 Tuesday afternoon. The money was discovered hidden in the center console and air manifold of a pick-up truck. Officers were conducting a southbound inspection operation at the Presidio crossing when Ford F-150 pick-up driven by a 27-year-old U.S. citizen from Andrews, Texas, approached the checkpoint. The driver and vehicle were selected for an intensive inspection. During inspection of the vehicle the officers noticed anomalies in the appearance of the vehicle. Inspection of the center console revealed currency bundles wrapped in plastic bags hidden within. Further inspection of the vehicle led to more bundles hidden in the air filter housing and side dashboard panel. A total of nine bundles were removed from the vehicle. CBP officers seized the money and vehicle and turned the driver to special agents for arrest and prosecution in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.


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