Woman Guilty of Smuggling Cash in Teddy Bears

By: AP
By: AP

MCALLEN, Texas - Federal officials say a Mexican national
has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle more than a quarter of a
million dollars hidden in teddy bears and pillows across the U.S.
border.

U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno said 33-year-old Jeanette
Barraza-Galindo forfeited $277,556 as part of a plea deal approved
Thursday.

According to court documents, Barraza was on a Mexico-bound
passenger bus stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
officers at the Hidalgo entry port in March when she failed to
declare that she had more than $10,000 in cash.

Border agents found the currency while searching the lumpy teddy
bears and pillows.

Barraza remains in federal custody without bond pending a Sept.
8 sentencing hearing. She faces up to five years in prison and a
$250,000 fine.


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