Woman Indicted For Smuggling Cash in Stuffed Animals

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    Cash filled teddy bear, anyone?

    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.