Jury still debating cash suitcase evidence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - A federal jury in Miami continues the debate over evidence against a wealthy Venezuelan charged with acting as an illegal foreign agent in a scandal involving a suitcase full of cash.

The panel begins its third full day of deliberations Wednesday in the trial of defendant Franklin Duran, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Duran and others came to Miami in 2007 to conceal the source and destination of a suitcase stuffed with $800,000 discovered last year in Argentina.

Testimony showed the cash was a gift from Venezuela to the campaign of Argentina's president.

Duran claims he was entrapped by the FBI and that he came to the
U.S. to help a friend and protect business interests.

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