Miami Airport Officials Seize Nearly $500K in Cash Found Hidden in Chair
By Fox News // September 10, 2020
shipment bound for the Dominican Republican
MIAMI, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – That’s one expensive chair.
Customs officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) recently seized nearly a half-million dollars hidden inside a piece of furniture, in a shipment bound for the Dominican Republican.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Wednesday that the shocking sum was discovered at the Miami air hub on Sept. 3. Authorities found $491,280 in unreported U.S. currency tucked inside the bottom of a cushioned chair, within a crate containing other furniture. The shipment was chosen for examination during outbound enforcement operations, officials said.
While it is legal to carry large amounts of money into and out of the U.S., as the CBP explained in a statement, travelers on the move with $10,000 or more are required by federal law to report the currency to customs officials when entering or leaving the country.
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