- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle nearly $100,000 in suspected drug money into Mexico.

The El Paso Times reports (https://bit.ly/1GmMusw ) 30-year-old Alejandro Gastelum is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to smuggle bulk cash.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents stopped a car driven by another man on Aug. 13 as he was traveling from Texas to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A cash-sniffing dog alerted officers, who found the cash in vacuum-sealed bags.

Authorities say Gastelum got out of the car before it reached the checkpoint. He tells authorities he believed the cash was drug money.

The driver has a court hearing scheduled later this month.

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Information from: El Paso Times, https://www.elpasotimes.com


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