Customs seizes cash hidden in suitcase

June 16, 2009 12:20:45 PM PDT
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport intercepted nearly $180,000 in undeclared currency June 11.Officers were screening travelers and luggage en route to Mexico when they noted anomalies in a suitcase. Upon further examination, they uncovered bundles of cash totaling $178,390 concealed between the lining and the plastic cover of the suitcase.

"We take every opportunity to disrupt the smuggling of sizeable amounts of undeclared currency," said Jeffrey O. Baldwin Sr., director Houston Field Office, Customs and Border Protection.

Customs and Border Protection turned the seized currency over to its Fines, Penalties and Forfeiture division.

Since January, CBP officers at Bush airport have intercepted more than $1.4 million in undeclared currency.

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