PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customs officials at Philadelphia International Airport say they have seized more than $43,000 in cash that had been sewn into the lining of a suitcase.
Customs and Border Protection officials say a dog trained to sniff out currency detected the money Friday in the bag of a woman preparing to board a flight for Jamaica.
Authorities say the woman told them she was carrying $5,000, but officers counted only about $1,800 on her person. The dog then hit on the woman’s checked luggage, where officers located the rest of the loot.
CBP seized the cash and released the woman. It is not illegal to carry such sums out of the country, but travelers are required to declare amounts exceeding $10,000.
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