Woman jailed after $100,000 found in her purse, belongings

Customs officers seized more than $100,000 from a woman at the Hidalgo bridge

An Edinburg woman is behind bars after authorities allegedly found more than $100,000 dollars in her purse, under her clothes and in her luggage.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 40-year-old Nereida Moreno-Izaguirre on a federal bulk cash smuggling charge on Friday.

Federal court records show that Moreno-Izaguirre was a passenger aboard a Pan Americanos bus that was headed into Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge.

The bus was stopped for a southbound inspection where Moreno-Izaguirre was allegedly hesitant to open her purse.

Customs officers allegedly found a total of $100,186 dollars in her purse, under her clothes and in her luggage.

Court records show that Moreno-Izaguirre knew it was illegal to smuggle money into Mexico and that she was supposed to get paid $200 for every $10,000 dollars she smuggled.

Moreno-Izaguirre appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos in McAllen on Monday morning.

Investigators reported that Moreno-Izaguirre is a Mexican national but a legal, permanent resident of the United States who lived in Edinburg.

Judge Ramos denied bond for Moreno-Izaguirre until a Monday morning hearing.

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