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Crook Hides $100K in Box of Detergent

Laredo, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo port of entry seized $99,480 in undeclared currency inside a box of detergent soap.

The currency seizure occurred on Monday, July 20. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working outbound (southbound) inspections seized $99,480 in undeclared currency at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2000 Honda Accord driven by Jorge Alberto Zavala Vega, a 23-year-old Mexican national from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico for a secondary examination.

The driver gave a negative declaration for currency in excess of $10,000, weapons or ammunition. During the inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers noted discrepancies with a box of detergent soap that was in the trunk of the vehicle. CBP canine “Aras” alerted to the presence of currency/weapons in the box of detergent soap. A non-intrusive imaging system scan on the box of detergent soap revealed anomalies inside the box.

CBP officers opened the box of detergent soap and discovered 13 bundles containing a total of $99,480 in undeclared U.S. currency. CBP officer arrested Zavala Vega on bulk cash smuggling charges and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents who investigated the seizure. CBP officers seized the vehicle and the undeclared currency.

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