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Border Patrol seizes $3M of cars headed to Mexico

  • This undated photo provided by the U. S. Customs and Border Protection shows cash seized by the U.S. Border Patrol says it seized more than $3 million, which was smuggled from the US to Mexico. The money was Tuesday found, Dec. 20, 2016, within two cars in Escondido. It is the largest cash seizure ever made by the Border Patrol in San Diego County. (U. S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

    (Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the U. S. Customs and Border Protection shows boxes with hidden money that was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol says it seized more than $3 million, which was smuggled from the US to Mexico. The money was Tuesday found, Dec. 20, 2016, within two cars in Escondido. It is the largest cash seizure ever made by the Border Patrol in San Diego County. (U. S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

    (Associated Press)

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SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Border Patrol seized more than $3 million, which was smuggled from the US to Mexico.

The money was found in August in two cars in Escondido. It is the largest cash seizure ever made by the Border Patrol in San Diego County.

The authorities say that they followed an accelerated Kia Forte of a motorway and pulled it over. They found almost $34,000 in vacuum sealed bundles in the center console.

A second car, a Volkswagen Passat, ran away, but was later found in a cul-de-sac and the driver was found hiding in some brush. The authorities say that they have more than $3 million in cardboard boxes in the trunk.

The two drivers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the federal currency-smuggling charges.

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This story has been corrected to show that the seizure was in August, not on Tuesday.

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