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Almost $900 in drug cash confiscated on the plane on the way to Mexico; two 19-year-olds arrested, authorities say

Tuesday’s arrests were handled by the U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers, authorities said.

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Two 19-year-old men were on Tuesday arrested, accused of smuggling nearly $900,000 in suspected drug-related cash, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Joan Pablo Avila Hoyos and Rafael Gabriel Martinez Leal, each face a bulk-cash smuggling costs, because that they can get five years in prison, if convicted, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Hoyos was identified as a business student at the University of the Incarnate Word, a private Catholic university in San Antonio.

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Following a tip, U.s. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped a private plane to San Antonio International Airport that was preparing to depart for Monterrey, Mexico, according to the newspaper.

The authorities found the cash bundled in sealed boxes on board the aircraft, after the request of the vessel’s five passengers – including the pilot – as they had no valuables, the report said.

Martinez accepted the full responsibility for the money smuggling operation, according to a statement, while Hoyos told the authorities that he had accepted money from various individuals and stored in his garage until Martinez was able to pick it up.

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