Detroit - During the busy Memorial Day Weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Detroit Metropolitan Airport seized more $31,000 in undeclared currency, served an arrest warrant for embezzlement, and intercepted an unwanted pest being carried by an incoming international traveler.
During routine operations CBP officers encountered two incidents of international passengers who failed to report that they were carrying currency in excess of $10,000. In both incidents, the travelers were offered opportunities to amend their declaration but failed to do so. While it is not illegal to transport monetary instruments across the border it is required that any amount of $10,000 or more, be reported to CBP. The unreported currency totaled $31,163.
Additionally, over the holiday weekend CBP officers encountered a passenger who was the subject of an arrest warrant for embezzlement onboard an inbound flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica. The passenger was arrested and turned over to the Southfield Police Department, to face charges.
Another passenger, arriving from Kenya, listed "Locusts" on her CBP declaration form as an item she was bringing into the United States. Inspection of her luggage revealed two locusts, one still alive. The locust was identified as the Desert Locust of Africa. The Desert Locust is one of the world's most destructive insects. Both locusts were destroyed to ensure that no harm to the U.S. agriculture industry would occur.
Donald Conroy, port director, said, "These interceptions represent the diversity of laws enforced by CBP employees on a daily basis to ensure that our borders are protected."
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.