SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized over $2.4 million in currency all across the San Diego Field Office ports of entry, encompassing Calexico, Otay Mesa, Cross Border Express, San Ysidro and Tecate.
CBP officers, along with CBP canine teams, were successful on their hard work during outbound operations on a span of three months that includes the months of April to June. Their enforcement efforts showed on the successful rate of interceptions of undeclared currency that was being smuggled out of the country.
“These various interdictions by our vigilant officers are just a fraction of the regular attempts we see during the year,” said Pete Flores, director of field office for CBP in San Diego. “This is a demonstration of our officers’ efforts on stopping the illegal movement between our borders.”
One of the most significant seizures during these three months apprehensions occurred on May when CBP officers stopped a vehicle at Otay Mesa, during the course of their outbound inspection they discovered the money hidden in boxes commingled with miscellaneous items located on the cargo area of the vehicle.
CBP officers are federal law enforcement officers responsible for enforcing more than 400 laws. One of their major roles is protecting our borders on a daily basis from contraband or illegal activities that can harm our country.
During their routinely process of travelers and the various artifacts they either bringing into or take out of the country, CBP officers have always display the upmost experience on their inspections.
A major role on these seizures is the experience, communication and common goal the CBP officers demonstrate on the work they perform.
CBP officers at the border crossing in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States. Those statistics can be found here: CBP-enforcement-statistics.