Customs bust man trying to smuggle $410,000 in to Mexico

Customs bust man trying to smuggle $410,000 in to Mexico

Customs busts a man trying to smuggle $410,000 in unreported cash hidden in the doors of the vehicle he was driving. The man was heading to Mexico through the Calexico border crossing. Customs busts a man trying to smuggle $410,000 in unreported cash hidden in the doors of the vehicle he was driving. The man was heading to Mexico through the Calexico border crossing.
CALEXICO, Calif. (KSWT-TV 13OYS)  -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Wednesday arrested a man after discovering more than $410,000 in unreported U.S. currency, hidden in the doors of the vehicle he was driving.


Officers targeted a 1998 Ford Expedition SUV and referred the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.


Officers utilized the port's imaging system and discovered anomalies within the Expedition's rear doors. A CBP currency and firearms detector dog alerted to the area, leading officers to the discovery of several wrapped packages of U.S. currency concealed inside the rear doors of the vehicle.


Officers found a total of 14 packages containing $410,980 in cash.


Officers arrested the driver, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Los Angeles, and booked him into the Imperial County Jail. 


It is a federal offense not to declare currency totaling more than $10,000 upon entry or exit from the U.S.