BORDER PROTECTION OFFICERS AT PIA SEIZED $200K FROM NEW JERSEY MAN HEADING TO NIGERIA

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LOCAL: PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers reportedly seized over $200,000 in unreported currency from a Nigerian born New Jersey man at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday night.

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A report from WETM-18 News said the man claimed he possessed $11,000 in cash before boarding the plane heading to Harcourt, Nigeria. A search of his luggage produced $200,068 in U.S. currency and another $251.54 in Nigerian Naira.

CBP officers seized the currency and remitted $1,251.54 back to the traveler for “humanitarian purposes”. He was released without any charges filed. The CBP said it was the agency’s biggest cash seizure since its inception in 2003.

“This is a significant amount of unreported currency for any traveler to be carrying, especially with today’s electronic systems that make transferring currency much easier. The most important lesson International travelers can take from this seizure is to truthfully report all currency in their possession to Customs & Border Protection officers when they arrive to or leave the United States”, said CBP’s Area Port Director, Joseph Martella.

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