Brownsville woman jailed for smuggling $200,000 in cash
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:54:48 GMT —
A Brownsville woman is behind bars after she allegedly tried to smuggling more than $200,000 dollars in cash into Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 39-year-old Adriana Beltran-Ramos on bulk cash smuggling charges late last week.
Court records released Monday show that Beltran-Ramos was headed into Mexico at the B&M International Bridge when she was stopped for a southbound inspection.
A secondary inspection revealed nine bundles with $200,018 dollars in cash hidden inside the dashboard.
Court records show that dashboard had been customized with two cylinders designed to lift it when activated.
Customs officers could not find out how to activate the system but were able to secure the cash.
Beltran-Ramos appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville last Thursday.
Investigators told Action 4 News that Beltran-Ramos is a Mexican national who lives in Brownsville.
Judge Morgan denied bond for Beltran-Ramos until a Tuesday afternoon hearing.
Customs officers said it's not a crime to carry more than $10,000, but it is a federal offense not to report it when leaving the United States.
Under federal law, failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest.
An individual may petition for the return of currency seized by CBP officers, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.