Customs in Detroit, my “home” port, reports that enforcement of currency reporting violations are up 24% in terms of value of currency seized over last year.
During the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1, 2012, more than $5,199,000 in currency has been seized at ports of entry within the Detroit Field Office. This represents an increase of 24% compared to this time last fiscal year. Recent cases, such as the $73,000 seized from a pair of Canadian women that was hidden in their under garments, with one of the women being arrested for bulk cash smuggling, highlight the need to inform the public so that they can avoid having their currency seized.
Great Lakes Customs Law is involved in 17 of those cases, involving around $250,393 total seized currency since October 1, 2012. This figures accounts for roughly 5% of the value of all the cases of currency seizures in the port of Detroit so far for fiscal year 2013.
If you have had currency seized and are contemplating what to do next, please make use of the other information I make available on this website or call my office at (734) 855-4999 or e-mail us through our contact page. We are able to assist with currency seizures around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Orlando and many other places, and not just locally in Detroit.