ESCONDIDO, Calif. — On Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered nearly $1 million in cash in a smuggler’s gas tank.
“The U.S. Border Patrol works tirelessly to protect the Homeland from transnational criminal organizations- the same criminal enterprises that poison our communities with narcotics and smuggle human beings like cargo. Seizing illicit gains from these criminal enterprises is one of the tactics the USBP uses to keep our country safe,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.
The smuggler was arrested on Wednesday at approximately 10:30 a.m., after Border Patrol agents pulled over a suspicious Volkswagen Touareg on southbound Interstate 15 in Escondido.
The 26-year-old Mexican national smuggler was questioned by agents after a service K-9 alerted to his vehicle. A search of the SUV revealed 65 plastic-wrapped bundles of cash stuffed inside the vehicle’s gas tank. A subsequent count resulted in $967,460 in U.S. currency.
The currency and vehicle were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.