“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations.
A man said he did not declare nearly $170,000 he attempted to smuggle into Mexico because he did not trust U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, according to an arrest affidavit.
Juan Javier Guerrero-Gamez was arrested on the charge of bulk cash smuggling.
Guerrero-Gamez and two other passengers in his vehicle arrived at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge on Jan. 30.
He gave a negative declaration for more than $10,000 in cash to CBP officers who were conducting outbound inspections.
Further inspection of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of $169,243 that were hidden in a compartment behind the center console, according to court documents.
Homeland Security Investigations special agents and task force officers took over the case.