Customs agents in Argentina confiscate bibles bound for the United States with $16,800 illegally hidden and taped to pages
- Customs agents at Ezeiza International Airport seized $16,800 that were hidden in three bibles last week
- The books were packed in a box that was being delivered to the United States via DHL
- One bible had $10,000 hidden in it. Another had $4,300 and a third had $2,500 spread across its pages
A package shipped from Argentina bound for the United States was intercepted after customs agents discovered that a crafty criminal had illegally hidden thousands of dollars in an unexpected place – the holy bible.
Three bibles that contained $16,800 attached across its pages were seized before the box they were packaged in could be loaded aboard a DHL cargo plane at Ezeiza International Airport last week.
The bust was made possible when a General Directorate of Customs sniffer dog detected an irregularity with the cardboard box.
Footage of the bust shows an agent pulling out a bible and unzipping it before flipping the pages and encountering one that had a $100 bill.
An agent with Argentina’s General Directorate of Customs opened a box that contained three bibles that were used to conceal $16,800 that were being shipped to the United States
One of the three bibles seized by customs agents last week at Ezeiza International Airport had $2,500 concealed
Some of the bible pages had up to four $100 bills stacked on top of each other
He continued and came across multiple pages that had four $100 bills placed over each other.
The agent proceeded to check a second bible and unzipped its cover and saw four more $100 bills stacked over each other on the page.
Sources familiar with the investigation told Argentine newspaper La Nación that one of the bibles was stuffed with $10,000.
Another bible had $4,300 concealed in it and a third had $2,500 spread across its pages.
The money was turned over to the Federal Administration of Public Revenues, as part of the investigation.
Customs agents at Ezeiza International Airport in Argentina last week confiscated three bibles containing $16,800 that were being shipped to the United States via DHL
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it is legal to transport ‘currency or other monetary instruments’ that don’t surpass $10,000 ‘or its foreign equivalent’ into the United States from another country or from the United States to another country.
However, any amount that surpasses $10,000 must be declared through a paper form or online.
It is also illegal from a family that resides in the same household to split any amount that totals more than $10,000.
Foreign travelers leaving the United States with more than $10,000 are required to sign a form of declaration prior to departing.