An American and a Ukrainian woman were arrested by customs agents in northern Mexico for transporting $3.7 million in cash on a bus, the Attorney General’s Office said.
Gerardo Adam Cazares Valenzuela and Lesya Fergeyeva Bindas were arrested on Aug. 2 and charged with organized crime and money laundering, the AG’s office said.
A federal judge issued a preventive detention order for the suspects, allowing prosecutors to hold them for 40 days while they gather more evidence in the case, the AG’s office said.
The suspects were arrested by the customs service in Sonoyta, a city in the northern state of Sonora, while aboard a bus on the Tijuana-Ciudad Obregon route.
The cash was hidden the couple’s luggage, prosecutors said.
The suspects told customs agents that the cash was to be used “to set up a business and the money was their savings,” the AG’s office said.
The two will be held at the Federal Investigations Center while prosecutors “work on the indictment” against them and determine where the money came from, the AG’s office said.