U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International
Airport (MIA) seized almost a half-million dollars being smuggled out of the United States in furniture. The shipment was destined to the Dominican Republic.
CBP officers at MIA discovered $491,280 in unreported U.S. currency
concealed inside the bottom of a cushion chair that was part of a crate containing furniture. The failure to report cash or negotiable monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 being exported from the United States is a violation of U.S. currency reporting requirements. Consequences for violating U.S. currency reporting laws may include the seizure and forfeiture of most or all of the currency, and potential criminal charges.
CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit
products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. On a typical day, CBP seizes an average of about $207,000 in unreported or illicit currency along our nation’s borders.