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What Happens if CBP Agent Fuzz Seizes Your Currency in the Airport?

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) canine agent Fuzz has made six seizures of undeclared currency in Washington D.C.'s international airport. CBP agents have seized over $350,000 in total from fourteen separate groups of travelers at this airport since the New Year. The seizures involved both travelers departing and arriving to the U.S. that did not adequately declare their currency on their customs forms.

CBP canine Fuzz is trained to detect large amounts of currency. Once Fuzz alerts other agents of suspected undeclared currency, CBP officers question the traveler about the amount of currency on their person, explain U.S. currency reporting laws to the traveler and give the travelers multiple chances to amend their written declaration or adequately explain the origin of their money to the officer. All of the travelers that had their money seized evaded explaining the origin of their currency and refused to amend their written report.

There is no limit to the amount of currency that travelers can bring to or exit from the United States with, but all currency that is $10,000 or greater needs to be reported with a CBP officer and a U.S. Treasury Department form. Each of the travelers mentioned above were not criminally charged and were allowed to continue on their journey without any other issues. CBP regularly seizes currency and other monetary instruments, averaging over $200,000 seizures a day across the country in 2022.

If for some reason your currency is seized by CBP, you will receive some version of a Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence form that will describe the reason for seizure and seized amount of currency. This form will have instructions about next steps, but a notice of forfeiture will also be sent to your resident address. From this step, there are various routes for responding back to the notice and declaring your reasoning as to why your currency should be returned.

Are you curious about the nuances to responding back to a currency seizure notice? Is your business dealing with a similar type of seizure by CBP? Have you experience Agent Fuzz's wrath? Have questions? Give our office a call today at (917) 546-6997, we would be happy to speak with you.

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