Boston, Massachusetts - On November 8, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at Logan International Airport discovered $4,900 in undeclared currency sewn inside an Indonesian national’s underwear.
The female passenger arrived with her 63 year-old husband on a flight from Doha, Qatar. During a secondary examination the couple was asked to declare any currency and stated they had approximately $12,000. A patdown and search of possessions by CBP Officers discovered $4,900 sewn into the 63 year-old female passenger’s underwear. The search also uncovered more than $20,000 in US currency and $2,000 in Canadian currency in the couple’s possession. In total, CBP seized nearly $27,000 in undeclared currency from the two travelers.
“This situation is a reminder that passengers should be forthcoming with our Officers,” said Area Port Director Linda K. Brown. “CBP Officers are highly skilled individuals and are committed to enforcing the laws of the United States at all our ports of entry.”
Travelers may carry as much currency as they wish into and out of the United States. Federal law requires that travelers must report all U.S. and foreign monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or greater on a U.S. Treasury Department financial form. None of the currency is taxed.
On a typical day, CBP seizes $265,205 in undeclared or illicit currency along our nation’s borders.
The undeclared currency was seized pursuant to Title 31, U.S. Code, Section 5317 for violation of Title 31, U.S. Code, Section 5316, failing to declare over $10,000 in currency or monetary instruments.
CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP Officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.