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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:30 am

A woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 1,500 counterfeit $100 bills through Customs at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service, Ciara Ryan, 38, whose address was not disclosed, had arrived on a flight from Colombia last month with two bags in her possession.

CBP officers first became suspicious when one bag has a strong odor of glue coming from it. A close inspection allegedly discovered a false bottom that concealed several fake bills. A subsequent search of her second bag allegedly found more of the bogus bills in its lining.

She was placed under arrest and will be prosecuted by the office of Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

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