Travelers' cash seized at BWI

The Baltimore Sun

About $36,000 in currency was seized from two passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport this week, and another man was arrested on a drug possession charge after marijuana was found in his baggage, customs officials announced yesterday.

Officials also announced that two stolen vehicles were intercepted last week at the port of Baltimore before they could be shipped to West Africa, bringing the number of stolen vehicles recovered there this year to eight.

Two passengers, arriving from the United Kingdom but on separate flights Monday and Tuesday, were found to have failed to declare thousands in cash, with one carrying $26,000 in U.S. dollars and British pounds.

Travelers are allowed to carry any amount of money in or out of the country but are required to report amounts exceeding $10,000, said Stephen Sapp, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Passengers caught exceeding the limit are subject to a fine and might have to petition to recover the currency, Sapp said.

In a separate incident, a man returning from Jamaica on Monday was arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority police after customs officers discovered rolling papers and 3 grams of marijuana in his baggage. Lenard Robert Reid Jr., 31, of Washington was charged with drug possession and released by a District Court commissioner on his own recognizance, police said.

On Aug. 4, officers recovered a 1997 Ford F-350 that was reported stolen from Prince William County, Va., and a 1996 Honda Accord on Aug. 6, that was reported stolen in Harvey, Ill. Both vehicles, being shipped to West Africa, were turned over to the Baltimore Police Department, officials said.

Baltimore customs officials recovered 23 stolen vehicles last year at the port.

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