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Almost half a million dollars seized

(CBP officers find cash)….Lots of cash.

Customs and Border Protection officers were conducting southbound inspections Wednesday in Calexico. At just before 4:00 in the afternoon officers targeted a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The driver, her female passenger and the vehicle were referred for a more in-depth inspection. Utilizing the Calexico Port’s imaging system, officers discovered anomalies within the merchandise in the vehicle’s trunk. A CBP detector dog also alerted to the trunk area. A search of the trunk resulted in the discovery of several wrapped bundles of US Currency concealed inside a box of diapers, a box of trash bags and a five gallon bucket of paint. In all, officers extracted 46 packages of cash from the vehicle’s trunk, totaling $457,373. The 45-year-old driver and 21-year-old passenger, both US citizens and residents of the Los Angeles area, were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. The CBP seized the cash and the vehicle. Customs and Border Protection says it is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling more than $10,000 to a CBP officer upon entry or exit of the US, or to conceal it with intent to evade reporting requirements. Failure to declare could result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest.