OVERTON CORNERS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations has announced the seizure of $212,485 in U.S. currency and the federal arrest of one individual in the smuggling attempt.
On July 28, CBP officers encountered 61-year-old Monique Storie, a Canadian citizen from St. Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, as she attempted to leave the United States via the Overton's Corners border crossing. Storie advised CBP she was returning to Canada after being on her boat in the local area for the last three days. CBP officers obtained a negative outbound declaration for currency and merchandise from Storie and selected her for a secondary enforcement exam.
During the secondary interview, the currency reporting requirements were explained to Storie, who reported she was traveling with less than $10,000. A search of her purse revealed a vacuum-sealed bag of U.S. currency containing $24,495 in U.S. currency.
A search of Storie's vehicle revealed four additional bags located in a bag containing adult diapers and in the folds of a blanket which were stowed in the back seat of the pick up truck. The bags were found to contain $187,990 in U.S. currency.
Storie was arrested and charged with bulk currency smuggling and turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York.