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Customs Agents Recover 27 Cash-Condoms From Suspect’s Stomach

September 21, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ Customs agents arrested a man who swallowed 27 cash-stuffed condoms in an attempt to smuggle money out of the country.

Carlos Trujillo swallowed $100 bills _ 189 of them, tightly packed inside the condoms _ before trying to board a flight from Kennedy Airport to Colombia, said Tom Smith, Customs agent in charge at the airport.

``We see this quite frequently with cocaine and heroin ... but this is not the method normally used by money smugglers,″ Smith said.

Agents, tipped off by Trujillo’s nervous reaction to routine questions, discovered he was carrying $60,100 in a Mickey Mouse knapsack and $10,495 in his pockets, Smith said.

Trujillo then admitted swallowing the condoms, and with a little time _ 36 hours _ and the help of a laxative, Trujillo produced the money, Smith said.

Investigators are trying to find the source of the money and determine if it came from drug trafficking.

Trujillo, 30, was jailed on charges of failing report currency over $10,000. He could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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