|The money seized
Bulk cash smugglers, seeking to repatriate drug profits to Mexico and Colombia, had $382m seized, by US law enforcement, in 2014; the money was taken in over 4000 bulk cash seizures. Not all the dollars are destined for Mexico. however.
Some of the funds are destined for the Los Angeles area, where they are exchanged for gold or diamonds, which are then smuggled into Mexico, and exchanged for Pesos, and delivered to the Cartels. Through this technique, the Cartels avoid having to exchange the US Dollars for Pesos.