Prosecutors: Woman used stuffed animals to smuggle cash into Mexico

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 23, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 23 at 12:12 PM

MCALLEN, Texas -- A grand jury in Texas has indicted a passenger over nearly $278,000 found in throw pillows and stuffed toy animals on a bus bound for Mexico.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced 33-year-old Jeanette Irazema Barraza-Galindo of Monterrey, Mexico, has been indicted on charges of bulk cash smuggling.

The indictment, returned Tuesday, involves the March 1 seizure of undeclared cash by officers who searched a bus going through the Hidalgo Port of Entry.

No information was available on an attorney for Barraza, who remains in custody without bond, pending arraignment.

Conviction on a charge of bulk cash smuggling carries a maximum five-year prison term, plus a fine of up to $250,000 and forfeiting the confiscated money.

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