Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a seizure of $170,000 dollars in money hidden in the tailgate of a pick-up truck.
According to the media release, the currency was wrapped in black tape and hidden within the tailgate of the truck.
CBP seized the money and the driver and passenger were placed into custody by Homeland Security Investigation special agents.
I’ve handled countless currency seizures and here are some answers to currency seizure questions you may or may not have:
Can they get the seized money back?
Most likely not – (1) because of the method taken to conceal the money, also, (2) the case was turned over to HSI instead of with CBP. If the case stayed with CBP, then they are dealing with FP&F. If a case is with HSI, then there’s likely no civil seizure petition method.
What do you have to show to get your seized money back?
Short version – you need to show legitimate source and use of funds. Every case is different, call David Hsu to discuss yours – 832.896.6288 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.