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Moura El-Asmar, Canadian Woman, And Daughter Had $59,000 In Bras, Border Cops Say

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Border agents detained Moura El-Asmar and her 16-year-old daughter at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel on their way to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. SHUTTERSTOCK
Border agents detained Moura El-Asmar and her 16-year-old daughter at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel on their way to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. SHUTTERSTOCK

DETROIT - U.S. border agents say they have 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.

It's alleged that agents found $15,300 in El-Asmar's purse, and that 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.

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