Monday, August 23, 2010

$530K found in tire at El Paso border crossing

More than a half-million dollars was found this week stuffed into the spare tire of a truck headed into Mexico from El Paso, federal agents said Thursday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Wednesday were inspecting cars crossing the border into Ciudad Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, when they found $530,170 hidden in the spare tire of a Chevy 2500 truck, CBP spokesman Roger Maier said. The driver, Francisco Castaneda Castillo, was arrested on a charge of currency smuggling for failing to report that he had more than $10,000 in cash. Maier said the case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Castaneda, 40, a Mexican national from Juarez, is being held in the El Paso County jail...more

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