Sunday, December 9, 2012

Alleged smuggler took "money laundering" too far!?!

Image credit: cbp.gov
**News fortified with Humor!** This week U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents here in El Paso, Texas seized $52,072 in cash that was headed south. That’s a good amount of money to find, but particularly so if it’s hidden in a box of laundry detergent! So agents suspect that the unmarked windfall may have been some “dirty” money.

The seizure was made at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing at about 5:00 a.m.when U.S. agents stopped a car headed south for Mexico. While they were searching the vehicle, they noticed a box of Surf® laundry detergent that looked like it'd been tampered with. Sure enough, when agents opened the Surf®, they discovered five vacuum sealed plastic bags of cash hidden inside.

The driver, 36-year-old Edgar Lopez Chavez, a citizen of Mexico who resides in Aurora. Colorado, was arrested by special agents and will face federal prosecution.

“Every dollar that we seize is one less dollar available for criminal organizations to further their illicit activities,” stated Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director while commenting on the incident.

Just so you know: anyone may carry any amount of money into or out of the U.S. But, if the money totals $10,000 or higher, you must report it or risk having it seized and/or getting arrested. And, by the way, an individual may ask for seized money to be returned. But first they have to prove that the currency was, shall we say, "clean."

However, in this case, All® the Tide® may be turning toward bad Biz® for alleged money smuggler Lopez before a Fab® Era® of Gain® comes his way. His Surf® is out!

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