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American detained at Cancun International with $61,000 in cash

Cancun, Q.R. — An American traveler has been detained at the Cancun International Airport for carrying $61,000 in cash. The National Guard (GN) reported on the arrest Tuesday, which they say, took place in coordination with elements of the National Customs Agency of Mexico.

The American was attempting to board a plane bound for Atlanta, Georgia. During an x-ray luggage scan in the international lounge for private flights, authorities detected several packets inside the hand luggage.

When questioning the American, the man stated that he was carrying $25,000 in cash. To corroborate the information, he agreed to a manual inspection. During that manual inspection, authorities located a total of $61,000 in cash for which the man could not provide legal origin.

In their statement, the agency said “The National Guard and the National Customs Agency of Mexico endorse the commitment to fulfill the tasks entrusted to eradicate corruption and tax evasion in strict adherence to the rule of law.”

Earlier this month, American Nascar driver Kyle Thomas “B” was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for entering Mexico with a gun. The Nevada native was arrested from Cancun International on January 27, 2023.

Through an abbreviated procedure, he was back in court on January 29 and sentenced February 3, 2023 to three-and-a-half years in Cancun prison. He was arrested after a gun and magazine were found in his luggage.