Texan gets 40 months for smuggling $109K

April 20, 2012 4:16:30 AM PDT
A 23-year-old Brownsville, Texas, man will spend 40 months in prison for smuggling more than $100,000 from Georgia to Mexico after pleading guilty to conspiracy to transport currency out of the United States.

The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Walker Gex III imposed the sentence against Gilbert Cuello III Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss.

A Jackson County deputy stopped Cuello on Oct. 6 in an SUV on Interstate 10 for a seat-belt violation. Cuello and his wife told the deputy they were returning home to Texas after a trip to Georgia.

Inside in vehicle, deputies found bundles of cash wrapped in plastic. More bundles were later found stuffed into a lead-lined stereo speaker. The total seized was $109,131.