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U.S. Marshals searching for woman who skipped town after serving time for money laundering

47-year-old Martha Lorena Garcia was arrested in Austin in June 2016 after police noticed something suspicious during a traffic stop, and ended up finding a lot of cash. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

47-year-old Martha Lorena Garcia was arrested in Austin in June 2016 after police noticed something suspicious during a traffic stop, and ended up finding a lot of cash.

"A concealed compartment was revealed," said Supervisory U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez. "It did in fact reveal six bundles. Those six bundles totally $55,300."

Garcia was trying to get the money across the border.

"Garcia, upon further questioning, admitted that she had come to Austin for the specific purpose of retrieving this specific vehicle, knowing that the vehicle contained the compartment and the currency, and she was directed to take the vehicle to Mexico via the Laredo point of entry," said Gomez.

She was convicted on charges of smuggling cash out of the United States and served five months in prison.

"Garcia was released in November 2016 and specifically ordered to report to the United Sates probation office," said Gomez.

But she never showed up, and authorities believe someone in Texas may know where she is now.

"We suspect she could be in the Laredo area, or likely in Mexico," said Gomez.

Martha Lorena Garcia has also used the surnames Montalvo and Salazar. If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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