The incident takes place off I-5
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) – The United States Border Patrol (USBP) announced Friday that officers arrested a woman on Tuesday in northern San Diego County. She had 37 wads of US dollars hidden inside her 2012 Toyota Prius, for a total of $ 414,000.
It started around 3 p.m. when officers said they observed a “suspicious vehicle” on Interstate 5. After stopping the driver, USBP interviewed the woman, 46, and asked permission to search his hybrid car.
San Diego Area Border Patrol Chief Officer Aaron Heitke said, “The U.S. Border Patrol works tirelessly to protect the homeland from transnational criminal organizations – the same criminal enterprises that poison our communities with narcotics and drugs. pass off human beings as commodities. “
While searching the vehicle, officers found nearly 40 cellophane-wrapped wads of cash concealed in the doors. They immediately arrested the 46-year-old US citizen, seizing both the 2012 Toyota Prius and currency.
“Seizing the illicit profits of these criminal enterprises is a tactic used to keep our country safe,” Heitke continued.
Homeland Security Investigations has since taken custody of the money and the woman. She now faces criminal charges for currency smuggling.