BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Safety officers working on the Brownsville and Matamoros Worldwide Bridge Port of Entry seized $106,000 in bulk, unreported U.S. foreign money.
“Our officers stay vigilant as they conduct inspections of inbound and outbound visitors to safe our borders and their consideration to element was instrumental in making this seizure,” stated Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The seizure came about on Tuesday, April 12, when CBP officers working on the Brownsville and Matamoros Worldwide Bridge encountered a 23-year-old male United States citizen driving a 2005 Jeep, who was chosen for a routine outbound inspection. In secondary, with assistance from a canine unit, CBP officers found 10 packages containing bulk U.S. foreign money totaling $106,000 hidden inside the automobile.
CBP officers seized the foreign money together with the automobile, arrested the motive force, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Safety Investigations (HSI) particular brokers for additional investigation.
It’s not against the law to hold greater than $10,000, however it’s a federal offense to not declare foreign money or financial devices totaling $10,000 or extra to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to hide it with intent to evade reporting necessities. Failure to declare could lead to seizure of the foreign money and/or arrest. A person could petition for the return of foreign money seized by CBP officers, however the petitioner should show that the supply and meant use of the foreign money was authentic.
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