Brownsville woman jailed with almost $93,000 dollars in cash

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A Brownsville woman is behind bars after authorities found close to $93,000 dollars in cash inside her luggage.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 18-year-old Perla Alejandra Meza on bulk cash smuggling charges.

Investigators said Meza was walking and headed into Mexico as a pedestrian at the Gateway International Bridge on Thursday.

Customs officers stopped her for a southbound inspection and searched her luggage where they found a bundle with $10,000 dollars in cash.

Court records released on Friday show that Meza claimed that TMs all the cash she had.

But customs officers found more money in a Pringles Sour Cream & Onion potato chips can and inside a bottle of shampoo.

Court records show that authorities found a total of $92,756 dollars in cash inside her luggage.

It TMs not clear how Meza had the money or what she was doing to do with it but records show that she remains in custody.

The 18-year-old bulk cash smuggling suspect appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville on Friday.

Investigators said that Meza is a United States citizen who lives in Brownsville.

Judge Morgan denied bond for Meza until a Wednesday afternoon hearing.