The criminal complaint says Vicente Blanco on June 12 attempted to cross into Mexico but was denied entry. His minivan was searched when he then tried to re-enter the U.S.
Authorities say 10 bundles of money totaling more than $215,000 were found concealed in the vehicle.
He was told his payment to transport the currency would pay for his daughter's coming-of-age celebration. The complaint didn't make clear who told him it would be covered.
Blanco is on probation for a 2012 conviction for smuggling currency.
The attorney representing Blanco, Hector Casas, did not immediately respond to a call for comment.
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