Cartel Cash Seized from Nissan with Secret Compartments

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $126,000 in undeclared currency headed for Mexican drug cartels.

“CBP officers conduct outbound enforcement operations to protect against unreported exportations of bulk U.S. currency, which often can be proceeds from alleged illicit activity, or currency that funds transnational criminal organizations,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

Cash Seized by Border Agents (Courtesy/CBP)

Cash Seized by Border Agents (Courtesy/CBP)

On March 22, 2023, CBP officers conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a green Nissan sedan driving southbound to Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle for further inspection which included the use of utilizing non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment. After physically inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered twelve bundles of currency totaling $126,000 in various denominations concealed within the vehicle.

CBP OFO seized the currency and vehicle, and the case remains under investigation by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations.


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