Man arrested for currency smuggle

Published on Thu, Sep 24, 2009
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Arch port of entry interdicted a 38-year-old North Vancouver, British Columbia, man attempting to smuggle bulk currency into the United States concealed within his sports utility vehicle.

John Mohammadi was taken into custody on September 19 after CBP officers discovered a secret compartment in the rear of his 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. When the compartment was pried open, a visual inspection revealed two heavily wrapped unmarked bundles the contents of which were not immediately identifiable.

A CBP Weapons and Currency Detection Dog (WCDD) team responded to the Peace Arch and conducted an inspection of the vehicle which resulted in a positive alert. The packages were removed and a total of $350,000 was discovered.

Mohammadi was turned over to agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Border Enforcement Security Task Force for federal prosecution.

Federal law requires the declaration of all negotiable monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 when imported into or exported from the United States.