Ontario trucker caught with more than $2 million at U.S. border

| 11/11/2008

A Canadian trucker is behind bars after what border patrol agents at the Ambassador Bridge say was the biggest cash-smuggling attempt in eastern Michigan history.

The Detroit Free Press reports that 52-year-old Eskender Mafarani of Richmond Hill, Ontario, told agents he was entering the U.S. with $700 in cash. But a scan of his truck revealed hidden compartments that contained more than $2 million in cash, wrapped in 138 separate bundles. They also found six cell phones and $1,2000 in Canadian currency.

It’s illegal to conceal more than $10,000 when entering or leaving the U.S.

Mafarani is accused of smuggling and making a false statement to officers.