$650,000 cash found in abandoned backpacks

$650,000 cash found in abandoned backpacks
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 3:41pm

Border Patrol agents are in control of more than a half a million dollars in cash after finding it in abandoned backpacks. 

It happened in Sullivan City on Thursday night. Agents followed footprints that led to four backpacks that were left behind. 

Inside was the cash split between dollars and Mexican Pesos. The bags also had cocaine valued at $90,000.


Full release:

SULLIVAN CITY, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $650,000 in cash Thursday night.

The money was seized when agents were following a trail of footprints left behind by people suspected of being in the country illegally. As they were following the trail, the agents discovered four abandoned backpacks that were full of money.

The backpacks contained a mixture of U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos as well as 1.2 kilograms of powdered and crack cocaine. The cocaine has an estimated value of nearly $90,000.

In an unrelated incident earlier that day, agents conducted a vehicle stop in Rio Grande City. As they were talking to the driver, they noticed several rounds of .50 caliber ammunition on the front passenger seat. Agents received consent from the driver to search the vehicle and found a total of 20 rounds. The rounds consisted of 10 armor piercing incendiary tracers, five armor piercing and five regular .50 caliber.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.  

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