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JAMAICAN ARRESTED TRYING TO SMUGGLE $193,046 OUT OF THE USA!

PHILADELPHIA, USA – A Jamaican man has been arrested on charges that he attempted to smuggle $193,000 out of the United States via Philadelphia International Airport, the Customs and Border Protection reported Monday.

Customs officers arrested Corey Alexis Bernard, 36, after discovering $193,046 in currency inside his carry-on bag when he was attempting to board a flight to Montego Bay on April 15.

There is no limit to how much currency travelers can import or export. However, federal law requires travelers to declare amounts exceeding $10,000 in US dollars or equivalent foreign currency.

“It is not illegal, but very unusual for a passenger to attempt to carry out of the country such a significant amount of currency without reporting it,” said Allan Martocci, port director for the Area Port of Philadelphia, “This seizure and arrest attests to the serious consequences of violating federal currency reporting requirements, and the importance of Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound enforcement operations.”

Customs officers turned Bernard over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations agents. The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is prosecuting Bernard on charges of failing to declare currency.

 

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