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Border agents discover $141K in smuggled currency in child’s backpack

March 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border agents discover $141K in smuggled currency in child’s backpack

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Over $141,200 in smuggled currency destined for Mexico and more than 15 pounds of cocaine coming into the U.S. were confiscated over the weekend at border crossings in the El Paso area.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release, agents discovered the smuggled currency in a child’s backpack and a woman’s purse on Sunday while inspecting Mexico-bound vehicles at the Zaragoza Bridge. The money was covered in cellophane in over a dozen stacks.

The money was found in a Ford Focus with a man, a woman, and two children in the vehicle. A 31-year-old from Mexico and a 27-year-old woman from the U.S. were taken into custody.

The two suspects, the money, and the vehicle were seized and turned over to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

International travelers can bring in any amount of cash but are required to report amounts of $10,000 or more to the CBP.

In two separate instances, CBP officers seized a total of 15.5 pounds of cocaine during busts that were carried out on Friday and Sunday at the Santa Teresa border crossing.

The cocaine was concealed in the engine area of a vehicle and a pickup. Officers arrested a 53-year-old man and 31-year-old man, both from Chihuahua City.said.

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