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Mexicali man caught with over $300,000 in cash

(37 year old Mexicali resident arrested)…Edgar Montoya Heredia was driving south to Mexicali when he was searched.

The man was driving a Ford Ranger southbound at the Downtown Port of Entry this week. The vehicle was stopped for inspection, and a detector dog alerted to the vehicle. Customs and Border Protection officers searched the vehicle and found over $300,000 in US currency hidden in the vehicle’s spare tire. In total 24 packages of cash was found. The driver denied knowing the $322,860 was hidden in the spare tire. He was arrested and booked into County Jail, charged with suspicion of bulk cash smuggling. Residents must declare all cash over $10,000 leaving the country.