Border Patrol agents busted a woman with $414,000 in cash in a Toyota Prius in California, officials said.
Officials said Friday that the 46-year-old US citizen, who was not publicly identified, was stopped while driving on Interstate 5 – which runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian line – near Oceanside on July 13, officials said on Friday.
Agents sought permission to search the woman’s 2012 Toyota Prius and recovered 37 bundles of cash wrapped in cellophane hidden inside the car doors.
Border Patrol officials said the woman was detained on suspicion of smuggling wholesale currency.
According to US Customs and Border Protection officials, both the cash and the Prius have been confiscated and the woman is being prosecuted for currency smuggling.
Aaron Hetke, Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector Border Patrol, said, “The US Border Patrol works tirelessly to defend the homeland from international criminal organizations – the same criminal enterprises that poison our communities with narcotics and like cargo to humans. smuggling it.”
A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told The Post that due to the ongoing investigation, it could not provide any additional information, including the suspected origin of the money seized on Wednesday.
CBP officials announced last week that agents intercepted nearly 190,000 people trying to illegally enter the US from Mexico in June — a 5 percent increase from May.
Preliminary data, meanwhile, indicates that more than 1 million illegal crossings will have been attempted during the first seven months of 2021 – despite hopes that the illegal immigration crisis will ease as temperatures rise along the southwestern border.