Phoenix Man Tries to Cross Border With Almost $11,000 in His Shoes, but Fails

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What $11,000 looks like inside of Nike shoes.
Today in Found at the Border, a Phoenix man tried to cross the border into Mexico with almost $11,000 in his shoes.

It might sound like a cash-hiding method that would be obvious to the authorities, but that's not quite the case.

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It's possible that the 22-year-old man -- whose name hasn't been released by Customs and Border Protection -- had fewer than 60 bills in each shoe to make up $10,744 in U.S. currency.

That's less than a quarter-inch high, so he probably didn't look that goofy.

Still, for an undisclosed reason, this particular Phoenix resident was selected for further inspection while in trying to get out through the Lukeville Port of Entry.

The money was seized, and it appears the man hasn't been charged at this point, as CBP says he was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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PUTOPENDEJOS
PUTOPENDEJOS

The undisclosed reason was the metal strips in the money were detected.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

He was just feeling a little short and couldn't think of what else to use as lifts for his shoes.  So he decided that cash was the perfect material - just the right height & cushiony too.  Now if the US Mint could only find a way to improve its foot odor absorbing properties then it would be just perfect.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

He must not be Hispanic or his hug mug would have been plastered all over the place by now. So I'm guessing he's Caucasian.

Roger Nichols
Roger Nichols

Understandable when we can't trust our banks anymore.

marcy
marcy

What a moron, it isn't illegal to leave the country without declaring any money if you have $10,000 OR LESS.  It's also perfectly legal to leave with more than $10,000 if you simply declare it.

He probably had exactly $10,000 in his shoes, to avoid breaking the lat but moronically had another $744 in petty cash or checks in his wallet.  That's right, a checks and money orders made payable to you count as well.   



marcy
marcy

@PUTOPENDEJOS 

There is no metal strip in $100 bills, despite what some loony tunes nutcase website told you.  There is a polyester strip, ie plastic.  And the feds don't have any magic machine that detect money.  They do have currency sniffing dogs as well as their eyes and ears that might note that someone is walking very funny or sounding nervous when questioned at the border.



sarum
sarum

@Francisco Cortez Did you read the article?  "he was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations."  I'm just wondering if he was trying to aid a kidnapped for ransom family member.  Still doesn't mean he's Hispanic.  Thanks for perpetuating stereotypes.

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