Man Paid $1,000 to Smuggle Money into Mexico
HIDALGO – A man is accused of trying to smuggle more than $200,000 into Mexico.
On Wednesday, a Customs and Border Protection officer at the Hidalgo port of entry selected a Volkswagen Passat for outbound inspection. The driver denied having firearms, ammunition or more than $10,000; however, a currency detection dog alerted agents to the back bumper area of the vehicle.
An inspection led to the discovery of 14 packages of money, totaling more than $209,000.
The criminal complaint identified the driver as Daniel Castro-Olguin. He told authorities he was paid $1,000 to pick up money in McAllen and drive the money to Mexico. Castro-Olguin said he left his vehicle at a business in the McAllen area with the keys in the ignition and walked to nearby stores. He returned after a few hours, when the Passat was loaded with money.
The criminal complaint states Castro-Olguin told agents the people in Reynosa who hired him were involved in drug trafficking. He also admitted knowing it was illegal to take large amounts of money into Mexico without declaring it.
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