Man pleads not guilty in smuggling scheme


The Sun Herald reports a Jackson County deputy stopped Gilbert Cuello III and his wife on Oct. 6 on Interstate 10 for a seat-belt violation.

Deputy Patrick Brandle asked to search their vehicle. Inside, he found bundles of cash wrapped in plastic and stuffed in the SUV's console. More bundles were later found stuffed into a lead-lined stereo speaker. The total seized was $109,131.

Cuello's wife was not taken into custody because her husband said she knew nothing of the operation.

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