CBP officers at Detroit Metro Airport seize cash from travelers very frequently. Last year, we did some analysis and comparison of cash seizures in Detroit as compared to past years (read about it here). In 2019, Detroit led the all the nation’s port in cash seizures, as touted in the story quoted below. Apparently, they are too busy to write about it news releases, because usually those involve Dulles airport money seizures.
I enjoy the annual reports to put things into perspective. Last year, customs seized $7.8 million dollars in unreported cash from travelers at Detroit Metro airport, the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, and its other ports of entry.
I’m not sure how the years ranks, but according to what public information is available, I would guess that the year is still second to 2015, when CBP seized more than $10 million.
DETROIT — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducting operations at ports of entry in Michigan had a banner year, leading the nation in interceptions of unreported currency and biological specimens that pose a threat to our safety and security.
CBP’s Detroit Field Office includes the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
During Fiscal Year 2019, CBP officers at ports throughout Michigan inspected and facilitated the entry of over seventeen thousand passenger cars, six thousand five-hundred commercial vehicles, twenty-nine commercial aircraft and 15 cargo trains coming from Canada and across the world on a daily basis. Officers also processed more than fifty-thousand passengers per day through our ports.
The Detroit Field Office led the nation in unreported currency violations, with over 7.8 million dollars seized.