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Mexican military seizes $1 million in cartel cash on passesnger bus near Texas Border

January 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican military seizes $1 million in cartel cash on passesnger bus near Texas Border

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Authorities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas seized nearly a million dollars in cartel cash concealed in a passenger bus traveling to Puebla, a state that for years was free from an open drug cartel presence until recently.

The seizure occurred in Alfredo Buenfil, which is part of the San Fernando municipality, located roughly 80 miles south of the Texas border. The cartel cash was concealed on the sides of the bus in makeshift compartments.

According to Breitbart Texas, the passenger bus drove to a checkpoint established by the Mexican military and Fuerza Tamaulipas. At the checkpoint, officers use a Gamma-ray device to scan each vehicle.

An X-ray machine detected the cash hidden inside a passenger bus in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas

While inspecting the bus, the officers noticed a series of structures that did not match the shape of the bus.

Authorities opened the covers and discovered several bundles which were filled with U.S. currency.

Authorities confiscated 43 bundles with a total of $981,140. As part of the ongoing probe, authorities detained the two bus drivers identified as Juan ā€œNā€ and Jose Martin ā€œN.ā€ One of the drivers confessed that he was aware of the hidden money. The man told police that his orders were to deliver the cash to Puebla, where he would be compensated.

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