Man abandons nearly $1 million at hotel

Law officers in Houston have confiscated nearly $1 million in two bags that a man abandoned after denying that he knew anything about the cash.

The money-filled rolling suitcase and gym bag were seized from a man from Mexico staying at an upscale hotel.

Federal agents received a tip about possible drug money laundering and monitored the man’s comings and goings, then confronted him May 26 as he prepared to check out.

Investigators say the man, who had a valid U.S. visa, said he was given the bags for delivery in Houston. No further details were provided.

The man was not arrested and left the hotel, abandoning more than $995,000.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the forfeited cash will be used to fight crime.

(Click 2 Houston)