Border Patrol Makes Arrest
October 19th, 2012
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Blue Water Bridge seized $90,880 in unreported U.S. currency on October 16, 2012. Along with the currency, officers also seized a loaded .38 caliber handgun and ammunition. A U.S. citizen, resident of Florida was returning to the U.S. after being refused entry into Canada for having a criminal record. Upon inspection by CBP Officers, the subject provided a negative declaration and stated that he was not in possession of currency over $10,000 or weapons of any kind. Further inspection of his vehicle, revealed a black bag concealing a loaded .38 caliber handgun and $90,880 in U.S. currency. Also found were .38 caliber and 9 mm ammunition. “Travelers attempting to avoid the currency reporting requirements subject themselves to possible seizure of the currency and potential criminal charges” said Port Director David Dusellier. It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000; however, it is a federal offense to not report currency or monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to conceal it with intent to evade currency reporting requirements. Failure to report it may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest. The traveler was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.