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Mexican cowboy busted with $75,000 in cartel cash hidden in his cowboy boots

December 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican cowboy busted with $75,000 in cartel cash hidden in his cowboy boots

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A Mexican cowboy was busted trying to smuggle cartel cash inside of his boots in Nuevo León, Mexico last week.

Federal Police officers pulled over a driver, identified as Luis Carlos Rodriguez-Gonzalez, on the highway connecting Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey near the rural town of Sabinas Hildago.

Officers noticed Rodriguez-Gonzalez appearing apprehensive and directed him to step out of his vehicle, Excelsior reported.

As he exited the car, the police officers immediately saw the size of his boots and asked Rodriguez-Gonzalez to raise his pants, which revealed concealed cash totaling $75,000.


A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered another eight bundles of cash in a hidden compartment under the carpet.

Officers placed Rodriguez-Gonzalez under arrest after he was unable to reveal where he obtained the cash and handed him over to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office, who will investigate where the money came from and how he managed to evade border security.

Earlier this week, U.S. Border Patrol agents in California intercepted an alleged smuggler with $300,000 in “illicit cartel cash” destined for Mexico.

Officers working at the San Clemente Border Patrol Station stopped a Nissan Altima driving south on Interstate 5 near Oceanside. During an inspection of the vehicle, a K-9 unit signaled to the presence of suspicious elements in the trunk of a Nissan Altima and discovered $294,000 in currency inside a sealed 5-gallon bucket of paint.

Border agents arrested the suspect, seizing both the cash and vehicle.

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