US Customs agents intercept $27MILLION in cash aboard ship

Federal authorities announced Tuesday that they seized $27million in undeclared cash aboard a ship bound for the US Virgin Islands, the largest such seizure ever in the region.

US Customs and Border Protection said a dog inspecting cargo on Saturday aboard a ship docked in Puerto Rico alerted agents to the money found inside home moving boxes destined for St. Thomas.

No one has been arrested.Federal agents inspected cargo aboard a Togo-flagged vessel, the Norma H II, at Pier 10 in San Juan on Saturday.

US federal agents seized $27million in cash while inspecting cargo on board a boat docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday

During the inspection, CBP K-9 indicated that there were suspicious items on pallets that contained several home moving boxes bound for St. Thomas. When CBP officers opened one of the boxes, they saw stacks of American greenbacks wrapped in vacuum-sealed packages

During the inspection, CBP K-9 indicated that there were suspicious items on pallets that contained several home moving boxes bound for St. Thomas.

When CBP officers opened one of the boxes, they saw stacks of American greenbacks wrapped in vacuum-sealed packages.

In total, the pallets were holding 34 cargo boxes with undeclared currency.

Several agencies, including CBP, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the District Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico, and local law enforcement in Puerto Rico are conducting an investigation.

‘This seizure is a clear indication of the success of our joint investigative efforts,’ said W. Stephen Muldrow, US Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

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