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Ecuador Man on Way to Colombia Caught with $2 Million Cash at Mexico City Airport

MEXICO CITY-- Mexican authorities detained an Ecuadorian at the Mexico City International Airport with $2 million in cash that he was attempting to take to Colombia without declaring it, the Public Safety Secretariat (SSP) announced.

The man taken into custody, Victor Hugo Guerrero, was also carrying 62,000 Colombian pesos (about $25.50) and was headed for Bogota.

When the Ecuadorian's luggage was searched, authorities found a double bottom hidden under his clothes that contained 153 packets wrapped in transparent plastic material with the dollars inside.

They also found a folder containing the Colombian currency.

Guerrero was arrested and handed over to federal authorities for the corresponding investigations.

On Jan. 19 a woman was arrested in the airport with $89,200 stuck to her body and hidden in different objects such as condoms.

Maria de la Paz Velazquez Salinas, 54, whose nationality has not been announced, was trying to get on a flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, and was intercepted in the departure lounge during a routine inspection when agents observed odd bulges in her clothing.

The capital airport is a major point of entry into Mexico for drugs, as shown by the fact that in 2008 the federal authorities seized 7.1 tons of narcotics there.

In 2007 this airport, one of Latin America's largest, was used by 25.8 million passengers, 64 percent of them Mexicans and the rest foreigners.

 

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