Saturday, January 7, 2012


Concepcion Gomez-Alvarez was arrested* this month, by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), when he attempted to enter Mexico from Southern California. Charged with Bulk Cash Smuggling, the defendant's vehicle contained $442,113 in cash, in wrapped bundles.

The funds were concealed within the left- and right-rear quarter panels of his automobile. He claimed that he was going to Mexico to purchase some items. During questioning, he admitted to at least five prior trips, and stated to the arresting officers that he was paid only $700 per trip. Under Federal law, he faces a maximum of five years in prison for the offence. This case is but another verification of the law enforcement claim that many bulk cash smugglers engage in this activity on what seems to be a career basis, until apprehended.
*United States vs. Gomez-Alvarez,  Case No.:  11-mj-09780-PCL (SD Calif). [note that this is the Magistrate case number].

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