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Border patrol agents seize over $3M cash in San Diego, suspect drug trade link

Published On: 09-01-2016 in Category: drug addiction


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in San Diego recently arrested two men and seized more than $3.03 million cash in what they called as “one of their larger cash seizures.” The officers said that the smuggled money was probably related to drug trafficking.

The border agents sensed something fishy after noticing two vehicles moving close to each other in August 2016. They intercepted the vehicles and recovered the cash from the two vehicles. One of them carried $33,880 in the center console and the other carried $3 million in eight boxes in the trunk.

Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow said it was the largest seizure of cash in the history of San Diego city. The two accused – a Mexican citizen aged 41 and a 53-year-old American – have been charged with secretly carrying the huge amount of money. The law enforcement agency is yet to determine as to what prompted them to smuggle such an enormous sum.

However, if such incidents are found to be associated with drug trafficking, there are chances that a multi-billion drug trade is secretly going on in the region, agents said. “San Diego is a major hub for actually trafficking the proceeds from illicit activities, such as drug trafficking,” said Ralph DeSio, spokesman for the San Diego office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Illegal drugs market of US

To make better strategies for the prevention and treatment of drug-related disorders, it is important to assess the size of the illegal drugs market. By calculating the total spending on drugs and realizing the number of heavy drug users in America, one can easily predict the amount of money traded in such criminal organizations. As per the statistics by the Office of National Drug Control Policy/White House Drug Control Report 2015, nearly $100 billion was spent annually on illegal drugs by drug users in the U.S. during 2000-2010.

Bulk cash smuggling is, apparently, a common phenomenon in the U.S. drug market when the drugs are smuggled into the country where they are distributed to resellers or resold and the resulting cash goes back to the source. The money owed by the intermediaries involved is either kept in the U.S. or rolled back to criminal organizations outside the country. California has become a seat of such money seizures because of its proximity to the Mexican border.

As per a 2015 report by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “Currently, bulk cash smuggling is still the most widely-reported method used by [transnational criminal organizations, or TCOs] to move illicit proceeds.”

Leading drug-free life

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