Officers discover $153,707 under mother, daughter's dresses
Nearly $154,000 has been seized before making its way back into Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers arrested three Mexican nationals on cash smuggling charges.
CBP officers conducted a southbound inspection on a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee with Tamaulipas license plates.
The driver, Oswaldo Vidales-Ferral, and his wife, Maria Fu-Avila, were traveling with their one-year-old daughter and Fu-Avila TMs mother.
CBP officers allegedly saw Fu-Avila and her mother, Maria de Jesus Avila-Rodriguez, show signs of nervousness.
While at secondary inspection, CBP officers allegedly noticed abnormal bulges on Fu-Avila TMs thigh.
The officers patted them down and discovered 18 bricks of cash compressed between tight clothing under her dress.
The 18 bricks of money totaled $78,954.
Officers then did a pat down on Avila-Rodriguez and found more bricks of cash totaling $78,954 under her dress plus an additional $170 in her purse.
The mother-daughter duo allegedly admitted to transporting narcotics and money from Houston to Mexico three times.
Fu-Avila said she was paid $3,000, while her mother Avila-Rodriguez admitted being paid $1,000 for the trips.
CBP officers seized a total of $153,857.
The three Mexican nationals appeared before Judge Magistrate Dorina Ramos Tuesday in McAllen.
Judge Ramos denied bond until a detention hearing set for Friday, May 3rd at 11:00 a.m.