Elderly Woman Arrested for Cash Smuggling

POSTED: Monday, April 6, 2009 - 8:18am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly $150,000 dollars strapped to a woman on Friday.

The agents made the bust at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International bridge when they stopped a 63 year-old Mexican citizen, Isabel Ortega Garcia, as she tried to cross into Mexico. Agents questioned her and sent her for an intensive examination and that's when a passive currency and firearms detector dog alerted officers to the money on her body.

She was arrested and charged with U.S. bulk cash smuggling charges.

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