Photo: Money Seized at Border
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry recently seized more than $10,000 in undeclared currency bound for Mexico.
CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge, assisted by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, made the discovery Sunday evening while observing outbound traffic leaving the United States. Officers searched a 1995 Nissan pickup truck after the driver gave conflicting declarations when asked if he was carrying more than $10,000.
During inspection, officers discovered $10,000 in U.S. currency concealed in a prosthetic leg worn by the driver. Officers seized the hidden currency along with $504 from the driver’s wallet. The driver, a 56-year-old Grand Prairie man, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
“The filing of a Currency or Monetary Instrument Report form is required for the transportation of negotiable instruments or currency in amounts equaling or exceeding $10,000 into or out of the United States,” said Port Director Cynthia O. Rodriguez.