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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Customs Agents Arrest 2 Foreigners Carrying $3.7 Million in Mexico

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.

Source: EFE


  1. If its just their savings they should let them go. Nothing wrong with a couple saving up 3.7 million cash & taking it in a bus across the border

  2. Texcoco Mex said

    Was it 3.7 million pesos or dollars? Well I don't really think it matter a person with that much money will not travel on a bus even if it was pesos it will be like 308000 dollars is to much cash to take it on a bus. Doesn't this people know about travelers checks or cashier checks.

  3. Yeah I think we all know what kind of business they were going to 'start' with $3.7 million at the border.

    Any legitimate business would use a bank transfer or armored car for this kind of cash movement, not stuffed in some Ukranian's luggage.

    Such a lame story, although I can't really think of a better excuse. I wouldn't be surprised if these people show up minus their heads soon.

    1. nope there both still alive and Gerardo is my brother

  4. Texcoco Mex said

    If I was them I will say I stole the money from a parked truck on the other side of the border and I'm on the run.

  5. It is not a crime to take money across another country. If they cannot prove that the money is illegal (and i don't mean proving that the money does'nt belong to them), then the gov. should let them go. But knowing how greedy and intruding, the gov. is, they will probably try their hardest to sieze the monies.

  6. @ajulio

    Actually it is a crime, in the United States to enter or leave the country with more than $10,000 cash without declaring it, and I imagine $3,700,000 stuffed in suitcases would have raised some red flags if they declared it to customs, I don't think they did.

    It's a crime to bring money across the border without declaring it.

  7. If I had 3.7 million dollars, I wud be flying first class to mexico not arriving in a bus.

  8. if the mexican agents claim 3.7 how much did THEY steal before turning in the rest??

  9. Yep, it def. is a crime to transport over 10k internationally

  10. Texcoco Mex said

    Anon August 10, 2011 2:56 AM
    if the mexican agents claim 3.7 how much did THEY steal before turning in the rest?? Only a criminal mentality can answer that so why don't you tell us how much will you steal?

  11. @ August 10, 2011 1:38 AM

    That's because You don't have a feel about averages or generally in mathics. They're not only ones.

  12. @August 10, 2011 6:19 AM

    I think it's been 10 M$, if I'd leave that much.

  13. their charges are hysterical..."charged with organized crime and money laundering"

    its illegal to not declare that amt of cash and travel but its not organized crime ha

  14. I know what really happened, I knew the guy growing up. All I can say is that they were not money laundering or involved in
    Organized crime, just the crime of wanting a fresh start.

  15. Now we have dumb Eastern Europeans getting involved with these idiots? I guess it is match made in heaven.

  16. I actually hope they get out of it somehow and get that money back. If it was me I'd also be flying first class and not on some shitty bus.

  17. I know more than you think so dont be scared to share your wealth, cash talks you already know.

  18. I wouldnt be flying first class but i would be flying a private owned jet and skydiving with the cash right to the point, the person totally sent the wrong people for this mission.

  19. Dont talk about something you dont know two s**ts about. You see that it says mexican or ukranian and your so fast to call them some kinda name. Americans do this on a daily baises you dont see ukranians saying stuff like that.


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