If you’re going to cross large sums of money from Mexico into the U.S., you might be breaking federal laws. Two people are learning that the hard way.
Two Mexican citizens are in Homeland Security custody after not declaring more than $57,000 in American cash.
While it’s not a crime to carry more than $10,000, it is a federal offense not to declare more than $10,000 to customs officers when leaving or entering the country.
On Wednesday Customs and Border Protection Officers seized the money here at the Veterans International Bridge. According to customs officials, a 52-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man, both Mexican citizens, tried crossing into Mexico with the load of cash. Their car was selected for inspection.
Inside a currency sniffing K-9 found two packages of cash. A total of more than $57,000. CBP Officers seized the money and arrested the drivers.
As for the money, why they were crossing it into Mexico is under investigation. It is important to know, an individual may petition for the return of currency seized by CBP Officers, but must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.