Drugs come north, money goes south - lots of both at border crossings
This just in from the war on drugs: narcotics flowing north from Mexico, U.S. currency flowing south. Lots of both.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers this week reported that in a recent three-day period arrests were made in 19 smuggling attempts at six land ports involving cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.
The drugs were hidden in various spots in vehicles: bumpers, quarter panels, tires and gas tanks. Street value of the drugs was estimated at more than $3 million.
Along with the drug seizures, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber was stopped at San Ysidro while attempting to enter Mexico.
In the gas tank were found eight vacuum-sealed packages containing more than $383,561 in unreported U.S. currency, officials said. It is illegal to enter or leave the U.S. with more than $10,000 in undisclosed currency.
The driver was arrested, and the Dodge and the cash were seized.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Money seized in gas tank of 2007 Dodge Caliber. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection