My distaste for sentencing judges who pronounce extremely light sentences for bulk cash smugglers, caught attempting to move drug profits into Mexico, continues, but I did see one recently that fit the crime. Carlos Mercado, who reportedly was moving money for the Zetas, receive a five year sentence, notwithstanding his guilty plea, in US District Court* in Waco, Texas. This type of sentence could deter the potential casual bulk cash smuggler candidate from participating in what they generally believe is any easy way to make money.
When a judge gives out a short sentence, or house arrest, or even Probation, for bulk cash smuggling, it just encourages others. Five years could act as a deterrent.
* United States vs. Mercado, Case No.: 13-cr-309-WSS (WD TX).