Nearly USD500K hidden in furniture seized at Miami airport

MIAMI (AP) — Customs officers at a Florida airport found nearly a half-million dollars being smuggled out of the United States (US) hidden inside furniture, officials said.

US Custom and Border Protection officers at Miami International Airport seized USD491,280 in unreported US currency last Thursday, the agency said in a news release.

The money had been concealed inside a chair placed in a crate with other furniture. The shipment was heading to the Dominican Republic and was selected for examination during outbound enforcement operations, officials said.

“Criminal organisations will attempt to export large sums of cash to launder their ill-gotten gains,” said the agency’s acting port director Robert Del Toro.

The money had been concealed inside a chair placed in a crate with other furniture