Officials said customs officers at a Florida airport found nearly half a million dollars smuggled out of the United States hidden inside furniture.
The agency said in a press release that US Customs and Border Protection officers at Miami International Airport confiscated $ 491,280 in unreported US currency. The money was hidden in a chair in a box of other furniture. Officials said the shipment was bound for the Dominican Republic and was selected for examination during law enforcement operations issued.
“Criminal organizations will try to export large amounts of cash to launder their ill-gotten gains,” said Robert Del Toro, Acting Port Director.
Officials did not say where the money belonged or whether criminal charges would be brought.
Travelers bringing more than $ 10,000 from the United States should inform customs officials. Officials said failure to do so could lead to money confiscation and confiscation, as well as possible criminal charges.