Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
These photos show the teenager who has been caught by the Nicaraguan army while she was trying to cross the border with 42,000 USD strapped to her body.
The 19-year-old woman was caught at the border crossing between Los Guacimos in the city of Cardenas in the Rivas department in southern Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She was reportedly trying to cross the border into Costa Rica.
The Nicaraguan army said on a Facebook public statement: “A Nicaraguan army commando standing at the boarding crossing Los Guacimos seized 42,000 USD (31,978 GBP) that was being illegally transported through a non-authorised crossing.”
The pictures show the suspect, named in reports as Aleska del Socorro Gonzalez Cordoba, 19, with the cash strapped to her body.
The teenager was arrested along with Christian Moises Perez Pasos, 35, who she was reportedly being accompanied by.
The relationship between the two suspects is unclear.
The Nicaraguan army confirmed 10 soldiers intervened in the arrest and the couple and the seized cash were turned in to the local authorities.
It is unclear if they will be charged or the motive behind the smuggling. USD is reportedly widely accepted in Nicaragua despite the official currency being the Nicaraguan Cordoba (NIO).
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