U.S. Customs and Border
Protection officers seized $74,900 that was in a car headed to Mexico on Tuesday
at the Zaragoza Bridge. The cars driver was arrested for not declaring money
over $10,000 as required by federal law. (Courtesy of the U.S. Customs and
A Juárez man was arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents
seized a bag of cash hidden under a box of doughnuts in a car headed to Mexico,
officials said Friday.
Gerardo Nares Frias, 33, was arrested after $69,750 were found in a brown
grocery bag, CBP officials said. Another $5,150 allegedly was found in Frias's
pant's pocket and wallet.
CBP officers seized the money and the car that Frias was driving because
Frias allegedly did not declare the money. The seizure was made Tuesday by CBP
officers checking Mexico-bound traffic at the Zaragoza Bridge.
The seizure was part of more than $150,000 seized by CBP in four cases this
week at the El Paso border. Drug proceeds are regularly shipped to Mexico is
quantities of cash. Federal law requires
that travelers make a declaration when transporting more than $10,000 out of the