Crime & Justice

Border Patrol seizes $3M from cars headed to Mexico

This Aug. 26, 2016 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol shows some of more than $3 million in cash that two men were trying to smuggle into Mexico from California.
This Aug. 26, 2016 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol shows some of more than $3 million in cash that two men were trying to smuggle into Mexico from California.
U.S. Border Patrol via AP

The U.S. Border Patrol says it's seized more than $3 million that was being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico.

The cash was found Tuesday inside two cars in Escondido. It's the largest cash seizure ever made by the Border Patrol in San Diego County.

Authorities say they followed a speeding Kia Forte from a freeway and pulled it over. They found nearly $34,000 in vacuum-sealed bundles in the center console.

A second car, a Volkswagen Passat, raced away but was later found abandoned in a cul-de-sac and the driver was found hiding in some brush. Authorities say they found more than $3 million in cardboard boxes in the trunk.

The two drivers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal currency-smuggling charges.