Man pleads not guilty in smuggling scheme

November 9, 2011 2:41:51 AM PST
A Texas man accused of smuggling more than $100,000 from Georgia to Mexico has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to transport currency outside the United States to avoid reporting requirements. He's set to go trial in Gulfport, Miss., in February.

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.