El Paso, TX (KTSM) — More than $150,000 in undeclared currency was discovered hidden in cans Wednesday morning at the El Paso port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents conducting southbound operations stopped Juan Fransisco Dominguez-Morales, 59, who was attempting to leave the country with the cash.
A Border Patrol agent selected a 1996 Ford Ranger for an intensive exam following an interview with the driver. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents searched the vehicle and a CBP currency and firearms detection canine alerted to a duffle bag in the vehicle. CBP personnel searched the bag and located $6,000 in unreported currency.
CBP officers and Border Patrol agents continued their exam and located four unopened soft drink cans that appeared suspicious. They opened the suspect cans and found bundles of currency rolled-up and concealed within the soft drink containers. A total of 1,549 individual bills in U.S. and Mexican currency totaling $151,306 were seized by CBP.
CBP officers arrested Dominguez-Morales of San Diego, Calif. He was turned over to ICE special agents for federal prosecution. He was booked into the El Paso County jail without bond.