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Officers discover $153,707 under mother, daughter's dresses

Money seized by CBP Officers

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.

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