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>Canadian accused of currency smuggling

Federal agents said a random inspection led to the arrest of a Canadian citizen who allegedly tried to smuggle more than $62,000 in U.S. currency out of the United States.

Bruce Watson, 39, a resident of Mississauga, told border agents at the Peace Bridge on Monday that he had $6 in U.S. funds on him, said Kevin Corsaro, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman. Authorities said Watson told agents he was returning from a two-day shopping trip to Pennsylvania.

"He was randomly selected for secondary inspection by an outbound enforcement team," Corsaro said.

During a search of Watson's vehicle, nine bundles of U.S. currency were found hidden inside the passenger rear quarter panel. The money was wrapped in tin foil and plastic wrap. The currency totaled $62,765, Corsaro said.

Watson was arrested on federal charges of bulk currency smuggling and turned over to agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution by the U.S. attorney's office. He was described as a Canadian citizen who was born in Jamaica.

Watson pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon during a brief appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy.

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