Annually, ports across the country release news stories about the previous twelve months of enforcement activity. In Champlain, New York, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized money on 3 different occasions that made it into their “Top 10 Seizures and Arrests for 2015.”
Customs and Border Protection seized money in these three cases but we only previously reported on the $24,000 seized on an Amtrak train.
CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations has compiled its top 10 seizures and arrests for 2015 at the Area Port of Champlain. The list of seizures underscores the important role CBP officers play in protecting the country.
The following seizures represent the array of threats encountered at the Area Port of Champlain in both the commercial and passenger environments. They further portray the efforts of CBP employees to prevent the import of illegal items and protect the commerce of the U.S.
- January 4, 2015 – CURRENCY SEIZURE OF $24,671
CBP officers inspecting passengers onboard the Amtrak train at Rouses Point, N.Y., encountered a female U.S. citizen who stated she was coming back from Cuba. The subject had marked “no” to question 13 on Form 6059B (Customs Declaration) that she had filled out and signed, thus declaring that she was not in possession of over $10,000 U.S. dollars or its equivalent. The subject was sent for a secondary examination to verify she had no prohibited Cuban goods in her possession. During examination, it was discovered that she was travelling with $24,671 in unreported currency hidden in her luggage.
- April 20, 2015 – CURRENCY SEIZURE OF $122,687
CBP officers at the Port of Champlain referred a 75-year-old Canadian female for secondary inspection to verify the answers she gave during primary inspection to basic questions. During the secondary inspection, a search resulted in the discovery of unreported currency totaling $122,686 U.S. dollars and its equivalent hidden in luggage. The currency was seized.
- June 1, 2015 – CURRENCY SEIZURE OF $38,220
CBP Officers at the Port of Champlain referred two Canadian-born sisters, who each declared $10,000 dollars in Canadian Currency, for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, it was discovered that they were structuring money for a third individual, who was also applying for admission to the U.S., to avoid reporting requirements. Further examination revealed that the money had been obtained by taking out cash advances from credit cards with no intention of repayment. In total, $38,220 dollars in Canadian currency was seized.