Published June 12, 2013
DETROIT – 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.