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Canadian mom, teen daughter caught trying to smuggle $59,000 into US in their bras

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May 23, 2013: Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S. in Blaine, Wash. In April 2013, in its 2014 fiscal year budget proposal, the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study a fee at the nation's land border crossings. The request has sparked wide opposition among members of Congress from northern states, who vowed to stop it. A fee, they say, would hurt communities on the border that rely on people, goods and money moving between the U.S. and Canada. (AP)

U.S. border agents say they caught a Canadian woman and her teenage daughter trying to cross the border with $59,000 hidden in their bras.

The Detroit Free Press and The Windsor Star say a complaint was filed Tuesday in Detroit federal court against a 51-year-old woman.

The complaint says border agents detained Moura El-Asmar and her 16-year-old daughter at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel on their way to Detroit Metropolitan Airport for a flight to visit relatives in Lebanon.

Agents found $15,300 in El-Asmar's purse. A pat down found "a bulky mass" in her bra that led to the pair's hidden cash.

The Windsor-area woman is charged with cash smuggling and lying to a federal agent. Her daughter isn't charged.

A message seeking comment was left for a possible relative in Windsor.

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