Border Patrol agents in southern California seized nearly $300,000 in “illicit cash” from a suspected smuggler headed south. The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. on Monday morning when Border Patrol agents assigned to the San Clemente Border Patrol Station stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima headed south on Interstate 5 near Oceanside, California. A K-9 agent alerted to the presence of suspicious materials in the trunk of the sedan. A search of the vehicle by Border Patrol agents revealed a sealed 5-gallon bucket of paint, information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials stated. The agents opened the suspicious paint bucket and discovered six vacuum-packed bundles of cash. A count of the cash revealed the total amount to be $290,000. Agents suspect the cash represents the proceeds of the sale of illicit drugs. “This seizure is a product of the tremendous abilities of Border Patrol agents and canine assets to detect and interdict smuggling activity along the Interstate 5 corridor,” Patrol Agent in Charge Thomas Blanks said in the written statement. Thomas is in charge of the San Clemente Border Patrol Station in southern California. Border Patrol agents arrested the driver of the Nissan sedan and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations. The $290,000 in cash and the 2015 Nissan Altima were seized by federal authorities.