[El Paso, Texas] **News fortified with Humor!** This week U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents seized $52,072 in cash here that was headed south. That’s a lot of money to find, but especially if it’s hidden in a box of laundry detergent! So agents suspect that the unmarked windfall may have been some “dirty” money.
The seizure was made at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing at about 5:00 a.m.when U.S. agents stopped a car headed south for Mexico. While they were searching the vehicle, they noticed a box of Surf laundry detergent that looked like it had been tampered with. When agents opened it, they discovered five vacuum sealed plastic bags of cash hidden inside.
The driver, 36-year-old Edgar Lopez Chavez, a citizen of Mexico who resides in Aurora. Colorado, was arrested by special agents and will face federal prosecution.
“Every dollar that we seize is one less dollar available for criminal organizations to further their illicit activities,” stated Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director while commenting on the incident.
People may carry any amount of money into or out of the U.S. However, if the money totals $10,000 or higher, they must report it or risk the money’s seizure and/or their own arrest. An individual may ask for seized money to be returned. But first they must prove that the currency was legitimate.
However, in this case, All® the Tide® may be turning toward bad Biz® for alleged money smuggler Lopez before a Fab® Era® of Gain® comes his way. His Surf® is out!
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