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CBP Intercepts $100K in Unreported Currency at Orlando International Airport

Release Date: 
May 25, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Orlando International Airport arrested a man attempting to smuggle more than $100,000 in currency. 

Photo of large amounts of US currency

Federal law requires travelers to report to CBP amounts exceeding $10,000.

The individual, a Spanish passport holder, was boarding a flight to Costa Rica when stopped for questioning by CBP officers performing outbound operations.  When asked how much money he was carrying the man responded $800. However, upon further inspection of the man and his luggage CBP officers discovered the unreported currency violating federal currency reporting regulations.

"Any passenger can carry more than $10,000 as long as they report it," said Port Director Eduardo Oliveros. "It is the mission of CBP officers to identify those who may be trying to circumvent reporting requirements in order to carry out unlawful transactions and other currency violations.”

CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international passengers and cargo, and searches for terrorist weapons, illicit narcotics, unreported currency, counterfeit merchandise, and prohibited agriculture and other products.

Visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations in Florida include travel and trade facilitation and securing over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. Follow @CBPFlorida on Twitter for real-time updates.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017