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Feds find $60K hidden in traveler’s baggage at Detroit Metro Airport

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A traveler at Detroit Metro Airport had an unusual selection on the plane last week, federal officials say: more than $ 60,000 in undeclared US currency. Even stranger: where she’s stocked up.

Customs agents met the woman on February 3 on her way to Amsterdam when she initially reported having only $ 1,000 with her.

During an inspection of her baggage, US Customs and Border Protection officials found “wads of money in envelopes hidden in bags that held sanitary towels.”

“The officials confiscated the money because the passenger violated the reporting requirements,” said representatives in a statement.

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Transportation of more than $ 10,000 of currency or monetary instruments must be reported to a CBP agent upon arrival or departure in the United States, the agency said Thursday. Travelers can use the FinCEN 105 website for currency reporting or ask a CBP agent for a currency reporting form.

Penalties for violations can include civil fines.

“CBP enforces these regulations to combat money laundering and other crimes,” said port director Robert Larkin. “I am proud of our officials and the work they do to interrupt currency smuggling and illegal activities on a daily basis.”

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