Oroville, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laurier port of entry interdicted a 66-year-old Kelowna, British Columbia, man attempting to smuggle bulk currency into the United States concealed within his sports utility vehicle.
Richard Neumeyer was taken into custody on May 21, after officers discovered two secret compartments in the floor of his 2006 Volvo. When the compartments were opened, a visual inspection revealed numerous plastic wrapped bundles of currency. A total of sixteen bundles containing $510,000 U.S. dollars and $10,000 Canadian dollars were removed.
"While it is not a crime to transport monies across the border, it is a federal offense to conceal it with intent of evading the reporting requirements," said Area Port Director Ron Arrigoni. "The vigilance that our CBP officers demonstrate is unending and signifies our commitment to remain vigilant in protecting the homeland."
Neumeyer was turned over to agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for federal prosecution.
Federal law requires the declaration of all negotiable monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 when imported into or exported from the United States. Failure to properly report the transportation of monetary instruments may result in seizure and/or arrest. More information can be found on the CBP.gov Web site. (Travel)
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.