Mexican Couple Caught Smuggling $500 K in Cash into US

Mexican Couple Caught Smuggling $500 K in Cash into US

A Mexican couple was caught entering Texas with $531,000 in cash hidden in their cars at the Texas border by the border sheriff’s deputies.

According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, Webb County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Alma Marrufo and her common law husband Sergio Villarreal who both were driving matching Ford Focus on their way to an international bridge in Laredo.

The deputies had pulled them over for a traffic violation but while doing a search of the vehicles noticed that both cars had had the door panels tampered with. After taking the vehicle to the international bridge, officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ran the cars through an X-ray scanning device that showed bundles in the doors of both vehicles. Inside the four bundles, authorities seized $531,000 in bulk cash which had been tightly wrapped.

Agents with homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) tried to interview Marrufo who immediately asked for an attorney; however Villarreal began talking with the agents telling them that the couple was driving from Houston to Monterrey. During the interview Villarreal said that his wife was responsible and he did not know anything about the contraband. 

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