The Smoking Gun
July 18, 2013
How much cash can you stuff in your socks?
Federal agents allege that a California man had a whopping $128,547 hidden in his hosiery when he tried to cross back into the U.S. from Mexico last month, according to court records.
Antonio Rakigjija, 51, was a passenger in a Ford Focus driven by his son Franco on June 5. As the car was in a lane at the San Ysidro, California port of entry, the men were questioned by a Customs and Border Protection agent “conducting roving pre-primary operations” with his “Narcotics/Human detection Dog.”
Rakigjija’s son explained that “they were in Mexico for a couple of hours conducting business for his fathers agriculture business.” Both men twice denied that they were attempting to bring in anything from Mexico that needed to be declared, according to a probable cause statement filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego.