Officials seize over $300K at bridge

A Mexican national with an outstanding warrant was arrested at the B&M International Bridge in Brownsville and found to be carrying more than $300,000 in cash, according to authorities.

At a press conference Wednesday, Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said Jiro Vasquez, 30, of Matamoros, was stopped at the bridge during a southbound inspection and that deputies discovered Vasquez had an outstanding warrant from the Brownsville Police Department.

Lucio said Vasquez appeared nervous when he couldn’t provide a driver’s license or vehicle registration for his GMC Yukon.

According to authorities, a K-9 unit discovered 11 bundles of cash totaling $355,735 in the vehicle. Lucio said the money was found in a spare tire.

Vasquez is charged with possessing and not declaring more than $10,000 in cash.

The deputies were taking part in an auto theft prevention task force when they stopped Vasquez as he attempted to drive into Matamoros, Lucio said.