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Baltimore CBP Officers Remind Travelers to Report All Currency They Possess after Seizing $42k Recently

Release Date: 
June 24, 2021

BALTIMORE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized nearly $41,933 in unreported currency recently from travelers heading to Jamaica at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $42,000 in unreported currency in three incidents at BWI Airport, most recently $15,433 on June 23, 2021. Travelers can carry as much currency as they wish, but must report amounts over $10,000 to CBP officers.
CBP officers seized
$15,433 in the most
recent incident.

Although there is no limit to the amount of money that travelers may carry when crossing U.S. borders, federal law [31 U.S.C. 5316] requires that travelers report currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 to a CBP officer at the airport, seaport, or land border crossing when entering or leaving the United States. Read more about currency reporting requirements.

On Tuesday, CBP officers seized $15,433 from a Jamaican citizen who attempted to board a flight to Montego Bay. The man reported, both verbally and in writing, that he possessed $7,000. CBP officers discovered $11,566 in his carry-on bag and an additional $3,867 in his checked baggage.

CBP officers at BWI earlier seized $13,000 in unreported currency from a mother and daughter as they were boarding a flight to Montego Bay on May 31 and seized $13,500 in unreported currency from a Jamaican man boarding a Montego Bay-bound flight on May 29.

“As international travel resumes, Customs and Border Protection wants to remind travelers of the importance to truthfully report all currency they possess when asked by CBP officers during arrival and departure inspections,” said Keith Fleming, Acting Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “Unreported and concealed currency is often proceeds from illicit activities, such as financial fraud and narcotics smuggling, and CBP officers remain committed to targeting transnational criminal organizations’ proceeds.”

During inspections, CBP officers ensure that travelers fully understand federal currency reporting requirements and offer travelers multiple opportunities to accurately report all currency and monetary instruments they possess before examining a traveler’s carryon or checked baggage.

Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $42,000 in unreported currency in three incidents recently at BWI Airport. Travelers can carry as much currency as they wish, but must report amounts over $10,000 to CBP officers.
CBP officers seized $13,500 from a Jamaican
man on May 29, 2021.

The consequences for violating U.S. currency reporting laws are severe; penalties may include seizure of most or all of the traveler’s currency, and potential criminal charges. An individual may petition for the return of seized currency, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.

CBP seized about $386,000 every day in unreported or illicit currency along our nation’s borders last year. Learn more about what CBP accomplished during "A Typical Day" in 2020.

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. CBP officers screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality.

Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.

Follow the Director of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office on Twitter at @DFOBaltimore and on Instagram at @dfobaltimore for breaking news, current events, human interest stories and photos.

Last modified: 
June 24, 2021