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January 22, 2014
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CBP agency seizes millions from unknown women

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says US$100,000 (J$106,896,400) was seized from two unidentified women destined for Montego Bay, Jamaica, earlier this month.

CBP said the women had violated federal currency reporting regulations and that the first woman had been stopped as she attempted to board a flight to Montego Bay on January 4.

It is reported that the unidentified woman had originally indicated that she was carrying US$4,900 (J$523,792), but that search of her carry-on bag and checked luggage revealed a total US$65,643 (J$7,017,000).

CBP said that on the following day, another unidentified woman attempting to board a flight to Montego Bay, also reported having in her possession US$6,000, (J$641,378), but a search later indicated that she was carrying US$31,040 (J$3,318,064).

CBP said while none of the women had been charged, the cash had been seized.

CBP said the Port of Philadelphia had seized US$1.3 million ($138,965,320) in unreported currency last year.

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