Friday, February 25, 2011 |
Borderland Beat Reporter
Today, agents from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested three women who were trying to leave the the US with over 1.4 million dollars hidden in various suitcases. A spokeman for CBP, Felix Garza said the money was confiscated at the port of exit at the US international bridge that links the city of Hidalgo, Texas, into Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
CBP agents, in coordination with personnel from the Border Patrol, were conducting routine inspections of commercial transport vehicles when the bus that was traveling from McAllen back into Mexico was intercepted.
Thanks to x-ray equipment and the use of other high tech visualization equipment, the federal agents were able to detect the numerous packages of money in the three pieces of luggage.
The spokesman, Felix Garza said that after a secondary inspection they were able to inspect the suitcases that belonged to the three women. A 22 year old US female citizen was found to be carrying $404,126 US dollars in cash, another woman age 35 was carrying $554,121 and a third woman age 55 was found to be carrying $500,626.
All three women were from Dalton, Georgia and both the 22 and the 35 year olds were US citizens, the 55 year old woman was identified as a Mexican national.
He said the money seized from the three passengers reached a total of 1,458,923 US dollars. The money could be returned if the proper owner comes forward and can attest to its origin and lay claim to the seized currency.
By law any person wishing to enter or leave U.S. territory must declare if they are carrying more than ten thousand dollars in cash, you must also declare the source and its final destination.