U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents Seize $372,000 In Cash At Bordeaux Bay
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized $372,000 in undeclared currency found inside a duffle bag on the beach near a vessel found in Bordeaux Bay, St. Thomas, authorities said.
“Transnational criminal organizations seek to conceal and move currency from their activities,” Johnny Morales, director, Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch, said. “Our agents continue to use advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities to detect and interdict them throughout our coastal borders.”
Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Marine Interdiction agents (MIAs) received a call from a concerned citizen about a suspicious boat, making landfall in Bordeaux on July 9. The caller stated that three men were on board and intentionally beached a 20-foot Boston Whaler.
The MIAs responded by vehicle to the area and noticed a single duffel bag still sitting in the sand near the boat with a Puerto Rico registration. Agents conducted a sweep of the area but were unable to locate any of the suspects.
Inside the duffel bag, agents found an undetermined amount of cash in vacuum-sealed packages. The undeclared currency totalled $372,000. US Homeland Security Investigations assumed custody of the seized currency and investigation.
On July 7, AMO seized $3.7 million in undeclared currency found inside five duffle bags on board an abandoned vessel near the coast of Fajardo.
AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation’s interior.
US Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry.
CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of United States laws.