A man was intercepted at Logan airport with thousands of dollars sewn into the pockets of his pants.
The 51-year-old U.S. citizen was arriving to Boston from Israel at the time of the seizure on January 18. According to the Department of Customs and Border Protection, the man told officers he was carrying $14,000 on his person.
During a baggage examination, officers found another $4,000 in his luggage. An additional $10,000 was found sewn into the pockets of his pants, a discovery the department is referring to as 'hot pockets.'
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In total, officers seized more than $29,000 in undeclared currency.
Customs and Border Protection advises that while there is no limit as to how much currency travelers can carry into and out of the United States, federal law requires that travelers must report any sum over $10,000 to authorities.
“This seizure exemplifies that violating currency reporting laws can have serious consequences,” said Boston Area Port Director Clint Lamm.
The identity of the man and his reason for concealing the cash is not known to the public at this time.