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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Suspected Cash Smuggler Indicted In Laredo Federal Court

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Carlos Treviño.
Courtesy/Webb County Sheriff's Office

A man has been indicted in a Laredo federal court for the smuggling attempt of $23,000, according to court documents.

On April 16, a grand jury charged Carlos Treviño with bulk cash smuggling into or out of the United States. He faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted.

An initial probable cause affidavit states that the amount of money to be smuggled was about $125,000. But the recent indictment rendered stated the actual amount is $23,000.

In February, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Analytical Unit identified an individual with border crossing patterns consistent with smuggling activity, authorities said.

Authorities identified the individual as Treviño. Further investigation revealed he made repeated short duration trips from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to Dallas, Texas, often returning to Nuevo Laredo the same day.

Treviño would use a black Kia Sportage to cross the border. At about 6:38 p.m. March 22, CBP officers observed the Kia attempting to exit the United States via the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge.

Identified as the driver, Treviño gave CBP officers a negative declaration for more than $10,000 in cash. CBP officers then discovered $5,000 in his pocket during the inspection, the affidavit states.

CBP officers then inspected the vehicle and discovered $18,000 concealed under the seat, according to court documents. Homeland Security Investigation special agents took over the case.

Treviño admitted to attempting to smuggle the money from Dallas, Texas, to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in exchange for $500 in payment, court documents state.

“Treviño stated he had successfully smuggled bulk currency from Dallas to Nuevo Laredo on three or four occasions in the past. Treviño said he was paid between $500 and $1,000 for each of the previous smuggling events,” states the affidavit.

Treviño added he picked up the money from an unknown male in Dallas and delivered it to an acquaintance of his in Nuevo Laredo, authorities said.

“Treviño said he crosses the international border daily and knew that he was required to report any currency over $10,000,” the affidavit states.

Laredo, Texas

Laredo Morning Times


  1. What happens if you cross less then 10k daily, or you cross the border a few times daily each time with e.g. 8k? What can they do? You tell them that you wanna buy a car in mx but the car was not good so you went back and checked another car a few hours later.

    1. 8:48
      If your cash or financial instruments total under $10K, you don't have to declare it or explain yourself to NOBODY..
      When I cross the border, before the CBP agents get a chance to ask their tedious questions, I say good morning/afternoon, sir/ma'am, I'm an American citizen with nothing to declare, hand them my passport, then stare off into space, shrugging off their humdrum inquiries until they accept defeat and hand me back my documents..
      My uncle didn't die invading Normandy so that these $40 an hour grocery clerks could be free to quiz me about shit that's none of their business..
      If you're a non-citizen, but a green card holder, it should play out much the same..
      If you're crossing with a Mexican passport and travel visa, then maybe you have to act respectfully and play their game a little bit..

    2. They write in the computer how many times you cross and what you bring with you what car you drive and if they notice that you are deliberately crossing less than 10k then that can still make a report also when you declare so much money you gotta remember when tax season come their gonna ask you where you got that money and you gotta pay taxes in it

    3. 3:41
      They asked me at the border one time "when was the last time you visited Mexico?"
      I pointed at the fed's computer screen and answered:
      "You tell me, it must say right there!"
      The cop would have loved to send me to secondary inspection to punish me for being a smartass, but then he might get in trouble with his supervisor for childishly wasting time and resources..

    4. I believe they will eventually make a case for structuring!

    5. 08:48 yeah foo, so check it out Holmes: if you want to micro wash your illicit money with hundreds of smurfs running back and forth with $8000-9 - you golden.

      Yeah, just get 100 foos to run that way across the border with the bands. Then repeat as often as necessary. That’s about a million bucks per run.

      If anyone gets stopped you don’t loose the whole Bronco / Hummer full of cash to the CBP and shit like that Foo

      Fuck CBP. Just keep it under $10K bands homie and you’re good.

  2. Replies
    1. He's aka "el Ahmed Mohammed" lol.

  3. What are the chances that he's actually related to the turd Treviño's

    1. That's a very common last name in Tamaulipas

    2. Very common last name in Tamaulipas Nuevo León and Coahuila … but I have a hunch .. the Treviño clan did set up shop in Dallas and Nuevo Laredo, this fine citizen was moving cash from the former to the latter too much of a coincidence

  4. That might be a common name down there?

  5. How did it magically shrink from $125k to 23k? I thought only Mexican po-po did that.

    1. They need every last dollar to send to ukraine and israel right now lmao

  6. I know this hiena

  7. It’s 7 hours from Laredo to Dallas and 7 hours back. That’s 14 hours total. And he said he was paid $500. That’s around $35 an hour. Your telling me the cartel only pays $35 an hour. What a waste of time.

    1. here at juarez-el paso border its 10% of the total amount being crossed,... 50k=5k to crosser


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