Felina Salinas, the Hawaii chapter leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church, suffered a big defeat on Monday after Chief Judge Michael Seabright denied her motion to suppress statements she made on February 13, 2018 to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers which led to her arrest.
According to CBP officers, Salinas admitted that the luggage where money rolled up in socks were found belonged to her.
Salinas' lawyer, Michael Green, told Balitang America last year that he believes the agents made an illegal search and that they had no right to ask her questions at the time they did.
The government argued that Salinas was not under arrest nor formally detained when she was questioned.
Salinas is accused of trying to smuggle more than $300,000 in cash from Hawaii to the Philippines last year on the private jet of the church’s founder, Apollo Quiboloy.
She faces federal charges that could send her to prison for up to five years.
Jury selection and trial are set for February 4, 2020.
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