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Border Patrol intercepts $290K in illicit cash

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Agents confiscated $290,000 from the five-gallon paint can. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Agents confiscated $290,000 from the five-gallon paint can. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
On Monday morning, Border Patrol agents patrolling I-5 found bundles of cash stashed inside a paint can in the trunk of a 2015 Nissan Altima. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection) On Monday morning, Border Patrol agents patrolling I-5 found bundles of cash stashed inside a paint can in the trunk of a 2015 Nissan Altima. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 23-year-old man after a vehicle stop on Interstate 5 near Oceanside on Monday morning. According to the Border Patrol, the man was smuggling a large amount of illicit currency.

At approximately 10 a.m., the agents stopped the suspect's vehicle, a Nissan Altima, on the southbound lanes of the freeway, near the Harbor Drive exit. During the stop, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trunk of the vehicle. Further inspection revealed a sealed 5-gallon bucket of paint in the trunk of the car. When agents removed the cover, they discovered six vacuum-sealed bundles containing the cash. 

The subsequent count of the cash totaled $290,000 in U.S. currency. Border Patrol officials say the cash is suspected to be proceeds from illicit narcotics sales.

“This seizure is a product of the tremendous abilities of Border Patrol agents and canine assets to detect and interdict smuggling activity along the Interstate 5 corridor,” said Thomas Blanks, Patrol Agent in Charge of the San Clemente Border Patrol Station.  

The man was arrested and turned over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicle and currency were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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