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Fri Mar 04 2011 20:36:41 GMT-0500 (EST)
CBP in Chicago Seizes $125K in Currency Bound for Pakistan
– U.S. Customs and Border Protection ofﬁcers conducting outbound enforcementoperations at Chicago O
Hare International Airport seized $125,849 in bulk U.S. currency onMarch 1.
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CBP officers found cash hidden within the pages of magazines duringtheir search of the family's baggage.
Among other passenger, CBP ofﬁcers selected a family, traveling to Pakistan onboard EtihadAirlines, for an outbound currency veriﬁcation examination. Prior to departure, CBP ofﬁcersexplained the currency reporting requirements and the husband declared the family wasdeparting with only $17,000. Subsequently, a full baggage examination was conducted after aroutine inspection revealed over $35,000 in his carry-on bag.During the CBP examination, currency was discovered concealed in several locations including$5,200 in the pages of a magazine, $19,300 hidden behind pictures in a photo album and $4,500in a pair of children
s pants. Currency was located in all carry-on baggage belonging to the familywith an additional $7,800 found in their checked bags. The total amount of undeclared currencyseized was $125,849.“Everywhere the ofﬁcers looked they kept discovering more concealed currency,” said JaniceAdams, CBP acting director of ﬁeld operations in Chicago. “Money was hidden in everyconceivable location. This is an outstanding seizure by our CBP ofﬁcers working outboundoperations at Chicago O
Hare.”It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000, but it is a federal offense not to declare currency ormonetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP ofﬁcer upon entry or exit from the U.S.Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and possibly arrest. An individual maypetition for the return of currency seized by CBP ofﬁcers, but the petitioner must prove that thesource and intended use of the currency was legitimate.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the uniﬁed border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the ofﬁcial ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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