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Pair carrying 16 million in cash heading to Cancun

Mexico City, Mexico — Elements of the National Guard arrested two people after they were found carrying more than 16 million peso in cash at the Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City. The pair were destined for the city of Cancun.

Authorities say agents of the Guardia Nacional arrested the pair at the Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (AICM) when they were unable to prove the legal status of the cash. In a statement by the federal government, the cash was discovered when one passenger’s luggage x-ray revealed abnormal content.

The luggage was separated for a review, which is when police found the wrapped cash hidden between clothes in eight transparent plastic bags, which had approximately 14 million peso inside. The cash lacked the necessary documentation to support its legal possession.

A scan of the second person’s hand luggage revealed two paper envelopes containing transparent plastic wrappers with bills of different denominations with an estimated 2.6 million peso.

Authorities say both were faced with the probable commission of a criminal act and in both cases, their data was registered in the National Detention Registry and together with the money, they were made available to the Agent of the Federal Public Ministry who will verify the exact amount of money and the legal status of the passengers.