Gregory David of Quebec arrested during outbound inspection with $42,000Posted on October 22, 2003
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and inspectors from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized approximately $42,000 and arrested Gregory David of St. Regis, Quebec. David was caught in an outbound operation at the Massena port of entry.
During the outbound inspection, David and three other passengers all stated that they had no large amounts of currency to declare. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where ICE agents discovered a plastic bag containing approximately $9,000 in U.S. currency hidden under the front passenger seat. ICE and CBP agents subsequently discovered an additional $32,000 on Gregory David's person. A small quantity of marijuana was also found inside the vehicle.
"The recent increase in currency and marijuana seizures at and between the ports of entry can be attributed to the cooperative work being performed by ICE and CBP officers," said Buffalo Special Agent in Charge Peter J. Smith. "These hard working special agents and inspectors are dedicated to trying to dismantle smuggling operations in the northern areas."
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York will prosecute David for violations that include failure to declare currency. The investigation is continuing by Massena ICE agents.