A Border Patrol agent is positioned by the border fence.
 Photo by Chris Stone

On May 20, at approximately 12:14 p.m.,  U.S.Border Patrol agents assigned to the Campo Border Patrol Station conducted a vehicle stop on a 2007 Silver Honda Element traveling westbound on Interstate 8, near Sunrise Highway.

After a brief interview, agents determined that a 33-year-old male driver and 28-year-old female passenger were Mexican citizens with the proper paperwork to enter and work in the United States.

However, during a Border Patrol canine detection search, the canine alerted to the interior of the vehicle.  Agents discovered 53 bundles of cash totaling $102,998, hidden in a space around the gear selector and behind the speakers of the vehicle. Agents placed the man and woman under arrest and they will be held pending criminal proceedings.

The cash and vehicle were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.