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Mexican man at Texas border has nearly $75K

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Agents at a West Texas border crossing have confiscated nearly $70,000 stuffed in a plastic grocery bag and hidden by a box of doughnuts.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in El Paso on Friday announced the seizure at the Ysleta (is-LAYT'-uh) international crossing. Agents say the driver said he had nothing to declare Tuesday before preparing to enter Mexico.

Customs officers located bundles of money wrapped in cellophane and stuck in a plastic grocery bag that was in a larger white bag. The cash package was on the floor under a box of doughnuts.

Investigators recovered $69,750. Agents say the man also had $5,150 in his pocket and wallet.

The driver, 33-year-old Gerardo Nares Frias of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has been taken into custody and his car was seized.

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