A traffic stop on a North County freeway this week resulted in a quite of cache of cash: nearly $1 million.
U.S. Border Patrol agents found the treasure, wrapped in 65 bundles and stuffed in the gas tank of an SUV.
About 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, agents pulled over a “suspicious” Volkswagen Touareg, which was south on Interstate 15 in Escondido, the agency said in a news release. Authorities did not say specifically why the SUV caught the agents’ eyes.
They pulled over the Touareg and an agency dog sniffed around then got a hit on the vehicle. Agents questioned the driver, a 26-year-old Mexican man, and a search of the SUV turned up the money.
Final tally: $967,460 in U.S. dollars.
The driver was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security, the agency said. Border Patrol agents seized the vehicle and the cash.
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