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Tuesday May 1, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER: Mother Straps Cash to Daughters, Sister to Smuggle into Mexico

LATINO BLOTTER: Mother Straps Cash to Daughters, Sister to Smuggle into Mexico

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A mother in Texas has been arrested for allegedly using her children and teenage sister to smuggle narco cash from Dallas to Mexico.

After pulling over Betzabeth Perez-Torres, 23, in a Mercedes Benz in Combes en route to Brownsville, an officer noticed the three children in the car were fidgeting. The officer became suspicious when Perez-Torres told the children to stop fidgeting and to keep their coats on.

The officer eventually discovered the children had cash in plastic bags wrapped around their waists and hidden by the coats. The two younger children, aged 2 and 6, are said to have been Perez-Torres’ children, and the 15-year-old her sister.

The bills found in the bags were $20, $50, and $100 bills, and totaled about $150,000.

After being arrested Perez-Torres also admitted to smuggling drugs throughout Texas and said she had planned to meet at the border to hand off the money strapped to the children.

The younger children were given to a family, while Perez-Torres and the 15-year-old were put in the custody of Homeland Security.

Following Perez-Torres’ telling them about the scheduled drop-off, authorities went to the Gateway International Bridge where they found the person said to be accepting the money, Danielle Marie Levi. Levi was found to have Methamphetamine on her person.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed federal charges against Perez-Torres, including drug and conspiracy charges, and she is scheduled to have her preliminary hearing on Wednesday.