Customs agents seizing more money from international travelers in Michigan

May 4, 2017
Originally published on May 3, 2017 4:27 pm

There’s been an uptick in money being seized by U.S. Customs officials in Michigan.

U.S. Customs agents at Michigan’s international airports and border crossings have seized $4.4 million since last October. That’s an 8% increase over the same period a year ago.

Ken Hammond is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman. He says the law requires an international traveler carrying more than $10,000 in cash and other currency to declare it.

“The laws were intended to stop cash smuggling, drug traffickers, terrorist financiers, things of that nature,” says Hammond.

But Hammond says people who are carrying money for legitimate purposes, like international students carrying money for college tuition, can also have their money seized.

He admits he doesn’t have an explanation for the recent increase in money seized.

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