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Calif. woman accused of trying to smuggle $100K out of US

NOGALES, Ariz. — Federal authorities in southern Arizona say a California
woman is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle $100,000 in cash into Mexico
in a laundry detergent box.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port in
Nogales were conducting outbound inspections Saturday and selected a sedan
driven by 29-year-old Blanca Gabriela Medina of El Monte for an additional

Officers said they searched the vehicle and found 10 packages of cash hidden in
a box of detergent.

The vehicle and cash were processed for seizure.

Medina was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations.

Authorities didn’t immediately know Monday if Medina has an attorney yet.


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