SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) seized approximately $29,000 in unreported currency in an outbound enforcement action at the San Juan Seaport.
“CBP officers remain vigilant generating important enforcement activity regularly,” said Assistant Area Port Director for Tactical, Ricardo Irizarry. “Our CBP officers maintain their vigilance in the outbound cargo environment and apply an effective combination of officer experience and resources which this time has resulted in the seizure of more than $29,000 in unreported currency”.
The interception occurred Oct. 21 while CBP officers were examining cargo containers at a CBP facility. CBP officers conducted an intensive secondary examination of a container and discovered anomalies on a 55 gallon storage drum.
Further examination revealed the hidden currency. The container was destined to the Dominican Republic.
CBP officers seized the currency and informed Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
There is no limit to how much currency can be imported or exported into or out of the U.S., however, if the quantity is more than $10,000, it needs to be reported to CBP.
“Money” means monetary instruments and includes U.S. or foreign coins currently in circulation, currency, traveler’s checks in any form, money orders, and negotiable instruments or investment securities in bearer form. Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest.
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.