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Juarez man hid nearly $700,000 in speaker box at El Paso border crossing, officials say

Officers found several bundles of cash totaling $689,506 hidden in a speaker box, officials said. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Nearly $700,000 in cash was found stashed in a speaker box at a local port of entry Sunday.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a 2006 Nissan Xterra tried to enter into El Paso from the Ysleta Port of Entry.

The driver failed to declare any currency over $10,000 and the vehicle was selected for a secondary inspection, officials said.

Officers found several bundles of cash totaling $689,506 hidden in a speaker box, officials said.

“CBP officers are checking southbound traffic everyday trying to stop guns, ammunition and unreported currency from being smuggled out of the country. Their diligence paid off in this enforcement action,” said Beverly Good, U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso port director. “There is no limit to how much currency travelers can import or export however under U.S. law they must report amounts exceeding $10,000 to CBP at the time of the arrival or departure. Travelers who do not follow federal currency reporting requirements run the risk of losing their currency and may potentially face criminal charges.”

The driver, a 28-year-old man from Juarez, was turned over to federal agents.

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